Man who kidnapped woman in Long Beach parking structure gets 50 to life in prison

A Long Beach man was sentenced last month to 50 years to life in state prison for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman in Downtown Long Beach last year, authorities said.

40-year-old Jacob William Brown pleaded no contest to forcible rape, sexual penetration by use of force and forcible oral copulation, according to Pamela Johnson, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Brown entered to plea and was immediately sentenced on April 23 in Long Beach Superior Court

Brown also admitted to the allegation of aggravated kidnapping, Johnson added, and is required to register as a sex offender.

On March 15, 2020, Brown approached a woman near her car on the roof of a parking structure on the corner of Fifth Street and Pine Avenue, forced her back into the vehicle and drove her to several locations and sexually assaulted her, police said.

During a preliminary hearing, Brown’s victim—who was not identified in court to protect her privacy—described the assault in detail. “Why is this happening? What’s happening?” the woman recalled thinking.

Three days after the attack, police released surveillance video footage from the parking structure, which showed Brown—wearing shorts, tennis shoes and covered in tattoos from head to toe—exiting the structure.

Brown was arrested a day later in an unspecified location outside of city limits.

He originally faced nine charges, including carjacking and several sexual assault charges, before taking a plea deal, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

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Alena Maschke writes about all things business and beyond for the Long Beach Business Journal/Long Beach Post. Born and raised in Germany, she first fell in love with California during an exchange year at UCLA. After receiving her master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2017, she returned to the Golden State with an appetite for great stories, pupusas and the occasional Michelada.