Piotr Igor Dudkiewicz, 39, was arrested on Monday and faces several charges, including torture, aggravated mayhem, false imprisonment and rape.
Pasadena police said they received a call from a distraught woman shortly before 9 a.m. last Sunday. The woman told them she was in Pasadena and had been burned and tied up by a man. The call then disconnected.
Police were able to trace the call to a home on the 700 block of North Pasadena Avenue. No one was there, but they were able to find out the name of the possible resident, which turned out to be Dudkiewicz.
The victim was later found at a Los Angeles-area hospital. She told police that she met the suspect in Los Angeles and agreed to follow him to his home in Pasadena.
When she got there, Dudkiewicz allegedly convinced her to pose for a picture wearing a motorcycle helmet. After placing the helmet on her head, the woman felt a burning sensation against her skin. She tried to take it off, but the suspect held the helmet in place until she lost consciousness. The victim later woke up to find the suspect sexually assaulting her, investigators said.
Dudkiewicz is being held on $1.4 million bail. The victim remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition with second- and third-degree burns.
Anyone with information about the suspect was asked to call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241.