Dec 21, 2021
A man arrested in connection with the drug overdose deaths of two women dropped outside Los Angeles-area hospitals has been charged with sexually assaulting four other women.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday that David Pearce, 39, of Beverly Hills had been charged with:
“My office takes violence against women very seriously. By aggressively prosecuting sexual assault cases, we make our community safer and protect others from becoming victims in the future,” L.A. District Attorney George Gascón said. “This case is evolving and we continue to work with law enforcement in developing evidence of other possible crimes. If you have any information, please contact the Los Angeles Police Department immediately.”
Pearce is being held on $3.4 million bond, and as of Friday various media outlets reported that it was unclear whether he had obtained legal representation.
The New York Post described Pearce as a “wannabe director and club promoter.” The sexual assault charges against him came just two days after he was arrested on manslaughter charges in connection with the drug overdose deaths of architect/designer Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola, 26, and model Christy Giles, 24.
Giles was pronounced dead at Southern California Hospital in Culver City on November 13. She was reportedly left on the sidewalk near the medical center following a night out with friends.
Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola, who was with Giles that night, was reportedly left outside of Kaiser Permanente Hospital in West Los Angeles. She died on November 24 after being removed from life support, according to a New York Post report. Cabrales-Arzola would have turned 27 the following day.
Two other men, Brandt Osborn, 42, and Michael Ansbach, 47, were arrested on suspicion of being accessories to manslaughter, according to the New York Post. The black Toyota Prius the men were driving had no license plates, police said.
Giles’ husband, Jan Cilliers, told ABC 7 that neither of the women were known to use hard drugs.
“Marcela’s toxicology report came back, and I guess they found heroin in her system, which is nothing that either of those girls would ever do, not voluntarily,” Cilliers said.
Cilliers also told ABC 7 that although the LAPD were investigating each death as a result of a drug overdose, he suspected foul play was involved and “wants whoever the women met that night to be held accountable.”
CBS News reported that no criminal charges have been filed against the three men in connection with the women’s deaths.
Giles and Cabrales-Arzola were reportedly last seen at an East Los Angeles warehouse party on November 13. Authorities believe they later went to Pearce’s apartment where they were given drugs and overdosed.
A spokesman for the Beverly Hills Police Department, Lieutenant Giovanni Trejo, confirmed Pearce received “several warnings from us, from tickets to an arrest for a controlled substance,” in the past, according to the New York Post. There were no previous citations involving sexual assault or rape, however, according to Trejo.
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