Md. restaurateur accused of following, groping customer

WASHINGTON — The co-owner of several restaurants in Maryland has been charged with groping a customer and exposing himself to her.

Dimitrios Fragoyannis, 48, is accused of accosting a woman whom he’d spotted as she was eating in one his restaurants on June 12. Police say Fragoyannis followed the woman in his SUV after she left the Mamma Lucia on Shady Grove Road in Rockville.

The victim told police she recognized Fragoyannis driving behind her and said he repeatedly honked, signaling for her to pull over. When she did, Officer Rick Goodale says the victim told police that Fragoyannis approached her car door, reached in and grabbed her breasts.

“She yelled at him to stop and pushed him away and asked why he was doing this. He stated to her that it was the only way he could get her alone,” Goodale says.

Fragoyannis then groped the victim again and unzipped his pants, exposing himself to her, police say.

“He said that he wanted to be with her. She said, ‘That’s not happening.’ He told her, ‘You’re missing out.’ At that point, she slammed her car door and left,” Goodale says.

She reported the incident to police later that night.

Fragoyannis, who lives in Rockville, was convicted in 2008 of fourth-degree sex offense after inappropriately touching a waitress.

Police arrested Fragoyannis June 19 and he was released after posting a $5,000 bond.

He’s now charged with fourth-degree sex offense, indecent exposure and second-degree assault. His trial is set to begin on Aug. 7.

There are two Mamma Lucia locations in Rockville, as well as Bethesda, Silver Spring, Olney and College Park.

WTOP’s Megan Cloherty contributed to this report.

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