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2 men repeatedly attacked sleeping homeless man, police say

June 09, 2013|By Veronica Rocha
  • Map shows location of where two men assaulted a homeless man in Glendale.
Map shows location of where two men assaulted a homeless man in Glendale. (Google Maps )

Prosecutors charged two Glendale men on Friday for assaulting a homeless man, officials said.

Oganes Manvelyan, 23, and Vahan Kiourktzian, 22, each face one count of assault with a deadly weapon in Wednesday's alleged attack on the homeless man, according to Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney. She said the alleged attack came for no apparent reason.

The pair initially claimed the homeless man began harassing them, but a police investigation revealed that was not true, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

They later told police that they were "young" and "didn't know why they did it, but it was stupid," Lorenz added.

The homeless man was sleeping about 4:10 a.m. in the parking lot of Party Plaza in the 500 block of East Broadway when he was suddenly awakened after the two men dumped a large amount of water on him, according to Glendale police.

Standing 20 to 40 feet away, they reportedly threw a large rock at him and ran away.

But the two men returned minutes later and again threw rocks at the homeless man, police said.

The man grew upset and ran after Manvelyan and Kiourktzian. That's when the pair allegedly punched him several times in the face and head and kicked him as he was on the ground, police said.

Manvelyan and Kiourktzian fled but they were arrested soon after the incident. A witness called the police and reported the assault in progress.

The homeless man claimed Manvelyan and Kiourktzian harassed and attacked him 10 times in the past three months. The attacks, he told police, occurred late at night.

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