Police arrest man suspected of kidnapping woman from parking structure

Long Beach police have arrested a man who they believe kidnapped a woman from a Downtown Long Beach parking structure and sexually assaulted her in her own vehicle on March 15.

Sex Crimes detectives identified the suspect as 39-year-old Jacob William Brown of Long Beach. They obtained an emergency warrant for his arrest on March 19 and found him on Wednesday outside the city where they arrested him. Detectives presented their case to the District Attorney’s Office, which filed charges on Thursday. His bail was set at $3,350,000.

Jacob Brown. Photo courtesy of LBPD.

Police said the victim had parked in a Downtown parking structure near 4th Street and Pine Avenue on Sunday, March 15 when she was approached by Brown. He then forced her back into her vehicle and drove it to several locations where he sexually assaulted her.

At about 3:30 p.m. police responded to the parking structure where the victim was initially kidnapped, they said, but Brown ran before officers arrived.

Police ask additional victims and witnesses to call the sex crimes detail 562-570-7368 or police dispatch at 562-435-6711.  Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 1-800-222-8477 or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State 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 and two cats.