Daily Real Estate News | Friday, April 17, 2015
Police have arrested a man for allegedly attacking a real estate agent during an open house of a home for-sale in Gilbert, Ariz. Police say Michael Malcolm Workman, 47, is facing charges on suspicion of kidnapping and sexual assault.
The real estate agent told police that during a lull in the open house a man suddenly emerged and said he was a buyer from Canada who needed to purchase a home quickly. The agent described the conversation to police as “uncomfortable” and said that the man had asked her if she was alone and if she had a pedicure recently. The agent said the man then fondled her. He attempted to again and she was able to break away and demand that he leave the home. The incident occurred March 15, police say.
“[I’m] humiliated, embarrassed that I let that happen to me,” the female agent told the media in March, shortly after the incident was first reported. “I know how to protect myself, I know how to box, I’ve taken self defense courses. I had mace with me. I had a knife with me. I didn’t use any of it.”
After the incident, the agent came forward in the media to warn other area real estate professionals at the time because she says she was scared the man would strike again.
Gilbert Police say the case has been sent to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.
Source: “Gilbert Police Make Arrest in REALTOR® Assault Case,” The Arizona Republic (April 15, 2015) and “Ariz. Agent Warns About Open House Attack,” REALTOR® Magazine Daily News (March 17, 2015)
Reprinted from realtor.org, April 2015, with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Copyright April2015. All rights reserved. http://www.realtor.org/