VALENCIA (CBSLA.com) — Detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department say they’re investigating a report of a realtor being raped by a prospective client.
The incident unfolded in a quiet, picturesque community of Valencia on Pietro Drive and has other realtors feeling nervous, according to KCAL9’s Rachel Kim.
The woman told investigators that she met the suspect on May 29 at his home in the 28000 block of Pietro Drive to possibly list it for sale.
The woman said she accepted drinks from the suspect before he assaulted her. She believes he drugged her.
“That’s a little disturbing and I’m also kind of disturbed that we haven’t heard about it,” said one woman, while another said: “If I had heard something like that, I definitely would have called the police.”
Neighbors are concerned and shocked about the allegations, and female realtors in the area are spreading the word.
“We’re just kind of helping each other understand that this can happen to anybody, anywhere and it doesn’t matter if there is alcohol involved or not. It’s about being safe,” Tamar House, a realtor and president of the Santa Clarita Women’s Council of Realtors, said.
She says, because of the growing number of attacks on female realtors, the group teaches members to protect themselves.
“Always go in pairs if you can, especially if it’s an open house. I always carry my pepper spray because it fits in the palm of my hand. Trust your instinct,” she said.
Detectives say they have identified the man, but no arrests have been made. Their investigation is ongoing.