Man Sentenced to Prison for Attacking Agent at Open House

January 14, 2020

A judge has sentenced a 44-year-old man to 16 years in prison for attempting to rob a real estate agent at knifepoint during an open house in Commerce City, Colo., this past summer.

Ernest Robert Chrisman confessed to attempting to rob the real estate agent at an open house on August 4. At 11:30 a.m., Chrisman arrived at an open house at a condo and asked the agent to show him the home. When the agent brought him to the second floor master bedroom, he cornered her and threatened her with a knife and bear mace. He demanded she remove her ring and get in the closet, according to prosecutors.

However, the agent grabbed a firearm from her ankle holster. Chrisman sprayed her with mace. The agent fired at him and was able to flee the condo.

Chrisman left behind the knife and property brochure, which had his fingerprints on it and allowed police to trace him. He was arrested Aug. 8 and charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, attempted aggravated robbery, and attempted kidnapping. He pled guilty to attempted aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

“He chose to prey on a woman holding an open house for her real estate business and threatened her with a knife,” Patrick Freeman, senior deputy district attorney, said in court, as reported by the local ABC News affiliate. “This is going to leave a lasting scar. She was lucky that she wasn’t hurt worse than she was. This was an incredibly violent and premeditated crime which is reflected in his sentence.”