Man pleads not guilty to kidnapping, sexually assaulting woman

A Long Beach man on Thursday pleaded not guilty to kidnapping a woman from a Downtown parking garage and sexually assaulting her in her car.

Jacob Brown, 39, faces one count each of carjacking, kidnapping during carjacking and kidnapping for a sex crime, as well as three counts each of assault with intent to commit rape and forced oral copulation, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today. The charges include allegations of aggravated kidnapping, according to Deputy District Attorney Marlon Duke Powers.

Jacob Brown. Photo courtesy of LBPD.

Police and prosecutors say the victim, a 33-year-old woman, had parked at a friend’s apartment building near 4th Street and Pine Avenue on March 15 when Brown approached her and forced his way into her vehicle. He is charged with driving the victim to multiple locations where he sexually assaulted her.

Brown faces a possible maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted as charged. His bail is set at $4.45 million, the DA’s office said.

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.