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Former Assemblyman Karabian arrested after alleged Coliseum incident

December 5, 2009 |  7:30 pm

Los Angeles attorney Walter Karabian, a former majority leader of the state Assembly, was arrested Saturday afternoon for allegedly running over a parking attendant before the USC football game at the Los Angeles Coliseum, authorities said.

Karabian, 71, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after his 12:30 p.m. arrest. He was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail. [Update: Karabian posted bail at 8:21 p.m., according to the sheriff's department.]

Public Safety officers at Exposition Park, who made the arrest, did not release details of the incident or the condition of the attendant.

Karabian, long known for his work on behalf of Armenian causes, is a USC graduate who was elected to several terms in the state Legislature in the 1960s and early 1970s, when he served as majority leader.

--Bettina Boxall