Charges filed in overdose deaths of LA model, friend who were dumped at hospitals

Suspect faces other sex-related charges involving 7 women over 14 years

City News Service
Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Charges filed in overdose deaths of LA model, friend
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A Beverly Hills man has been charged in the overdose deaths of model Christy Giles and her friend, Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola, whose bodies were dumped outside SoCal hospitals last year.

LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- A Beverly Hills man who was already facing sex-related counts involving seven women over a 13-year period has been charged with murder in the overdose deaths of a model and her friend, who were dumped outside Southland hospitals last November, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said Tuesday.

David Brian Pearce, now 40, was arrested last December, but was not immediately charged then in the deaths of Christy Giles, a 24-year-old model and aspiring actress, and her friend Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola, 26. But he had remained jailed in connection with a series of unrelated alleged sexual assaults.

Those other charges initially involved alleged crimes against four women, with alleged felony crimes against three other women in 2007, 2019 and 2020 being included later.

Pearce is set to be arraigned July 11 on the two murder charges, along with two new felony counts of sale/transportation/offer to sell a controlled substance - fentanyl.

"I realize that this will not bring any comfort necessarily to the Arzola family or the Giles family, but it will bring accountability,'' Gascón said at a news conference announcing the charges.

The deaths of the model and her friend, who were dumped outside separate hospitals last year, were classified earlier this year as homicides by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, with toxicology reports finding multiple drugs present in both victims' systems.

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Police say the two women, an L.A. model and an aspiring architect, were given drugs and dropped off outside of separate Los Angeles hospitals in November 2021.

According to the department, Giles died of a mixture of cocaine, fentanyl, gamma-hydroxybutyric acid and ketamine, while Cabrales-Arzola died of multiple organ failure with cocaine, methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy) and other undetermined drugs found in her system.

Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, or GHB, is also known as the "date rape drug,'' according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

The two women were last seen at an apartment in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood before their bodies were dumped, Giles outside Southern California Hospital in Culver City and Cabrales-Arzola outside Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Hospital.

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The woman who was left brain dead after she was dropped off at an L.A. hospital at the end of a night out with a friend was taken off life support one day shy of her birthday.

Giles was already dead when she was found outside the hospital last Nov. 13. Cabrales-Arzola, an architect, was alive but in critical condition. Her family took her off life support later that month, a day before her 27th birthday.

Giles' mother, Dusty, wrote on Facebook that she hoped the coroner's findings would lead to criminal charges being filed over the women's deaths.

"While we her family all along knew and felt strongly our baby was murdered, it is now officially listed as her cause of death!'' Dusty Giles posted earlier. "With this our prayers are the L.A. County D.A.'s Office will move quickly and swiftly on re-arresting ALL parties involved and this time PRESS THE CHARGES! Please keep us all in your thoughts and prayers.''

Two other men, Brandt Osborn, 42, and Michael Ansbach, 47, were each booked on suspicion of being an accessory to manslaughter in connection with the deaths of Giles and Cabrales-Arzola, but were later released from custody while the investigation continued. Osborn has since been charged with being two counts of accessory after the fact with knowledge of the crime, according to the latest criminal complaint.

During the news conference on Tuesday announcing the newest charges against Pearce, the district attorney asked any other potential victims to notify police at (213)382-9740 or the District Attorney's Office at (877)542-9370.

"We know that often survivors do not report sexual assault for a variety of reasons,'' Gascón said. "Sometimes they feel the system is not going to listen to them, sometimes they're afraid of their assailant, sometimes they feel ashamed, and we recognize that these are all factors that play a role. That is one of the reasons we're here to say to our community and certainly survivors out there that if you feel comfortable coming forward ... We're here for you.''