PLEASANTON -- A former East Bay real estate maven and bodybuilder, known for lavish lingerie/swim parties thrown at his Alameda County mansion, made his first court appearance Friday on two felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon and threatening to kill someone.
William Richard Hogarty, 48, appeared briefly before Judge Hugh Walker in Alameda County Superior Court in Pleasanton, where his bail was set at $130,000.
Hogarty was arrested at 10:49 p.m. Tuesday at his home on Morgan Territory Road in unincorporated Alameda County, near Livermore, for attacking his roommate.
According to court records, Hogarty entered the roommate's room and threatened to kill him for speaking to his wife. The two argued in the room. The victim told sheriff's deputies that Hogarty told him to never speak to his wife.
The victim told Hogarty that he did talk to his wife and held up his cellphone to Hogarty. Hogarty grabbed the roommate, placed him in a chokehold and strangled him until he passed out, according to an investigator's report. When the victim awoke, he said he poked Hogarty in the eyes to get free and grabbed a knife he had hidden under his mattress and used it to get Hogarty out of his room.
The roommate said he feared Hogarty would return, so he barricaded himself in the room's bathroom and called the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.
When deputies arrived, the victim had an abrasion on his forehead, a broken tooth and
Hogarty built several real estate and mortgage companies between 1991 to 2010. He voluntarily turned in his real estate license in late 2011 after the state issued a desist and refrain order against one of his companies, according to published reports and Hogarty's website.
The massive home Hogarty shares with his wife has been the scene of several widely advertised lingerie pool parties for men and women, for which tickets are sold and hundreds attend.
In 2004, Hogarty was the winner of the masters division of the California State Bodybuilding Figure and Fitness Championship.
Jyoti Rekhi, an attorney at Cardoza Law Offices who is representing Hogarty, was not immediately available for comment.
Hogarty was ordered to stay away from the victim, who is still living at Hogarty's home. Hogarty is due back in court at 2 p.m. Tuesday. As of Friday afternoon, Hogarty was being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin in lieu of $130,000 bail.
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