A man believed to have committed three sexual assaults that took place in West Los Angeles and Santa Monica has been arrested on suspicion of rape, police said Wednesday.
Pablo Carlos Pineda, 32, was taken into custody Tuesday evening in Los Angeles' MacArthur Park by the Santa Monica Police Department.
He is suspected in Jan. 13 and Feb. 5 sex assaults in Santa Monica and a July 2 sex assault in West L.A., as well as a violent but non-sexual attack that occurred April 15 in Beverly Hills.
Pineda was being held on suspicion of forcible rape, assault with intent to commit rape and assault by means producing great bodily injury, according to a news release from the Santa Monica Police Department.
He was being held only in connection with the Santa Monica incidents on $385,000 bail, police said. The West L.A. and Beverly Hills incidents were under review by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
Los Angeles police initially suspected that the July 2 assault was linked to another assault that occurred nearby on South Westgate Avenue on July 4, but those are no longer thought to be related, a detective in the Los Angeles Police Department's West L.A. Bureau confirmed.
LAPD investigators are still seeking a man shown in video after the July 4 sex assault, police said.
Pineda was arrested after an investigation that included police in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and L.A., as well as the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit.
The Jan. 13 assault in Santa Monica took place about 6:15 p.m. on the beach. The attacker said something in Spanish to the female victim as he passed by, then turned and grabbed her, throwing her to the ground, a police news release from January stated. He held the victim down and sexually assaulted her, then fled, the release said.
The Feb. 5 sex assault also occurred on the beach, police said.
The April 15 attack was a violent physical assault on a female victim in the 9000 block of Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills Police Department Lt. Lincoln Hoshino said.
And the July 2 sex assault in West L.A. occurred about 2 a.m. in the 1400 block of South Westgate Avenue, next to the University High School campus. A woman in her 20s who was walking home was grabbed from behind and dragged across a street to a dark path, LAPD said at the time.
"He threw her on the ground and got on top of her. This was violent sexual assault," LAPD Capt. Tina Nieto said earlier this month. "The victim tried to fight back, but the suspect punched her numerous times to quiet her, and then went on to sexually assault her."
KTLA’s Jennifer Thang contributed to this article.