A 32-year-old homeless man was charged Thursday in four sexual attacks on women, including one in which he allegedly beat a victim with a brick, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Pablo Carlos Pineda pleaded not guilty to three counts of forcible rape; two counts each of assault with intent to commit a sex crime, kidnapping and second-degree robbery; and one count each of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and assault with a deadly weapon, a brick.
The incidents occurred in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and West L.A.
Pineda was arrested in L.A.’s MacArthur Park Tuesday after a joint investigation involving police in the three cities, as well as the FBI, Santa Monica police said Wednesday.
He is accused of attacking a woman on the beach in Santa Monica on Jan. 13, then raping another woman in the same city on Feb. 5.
On April 15, Pineda allegedly beat a woman with a brick in Beverly Hills. Police there said that attack was very violent but not sexual; the DA’s office on Thursday described all four attacks as being of a sexual nature.
The fourth incident occurred July 2 in West L.A., where the victim was raped. Los Angeles investigators are still searching for an attacker in a July 4 sex assault that was initially linked to the nearby July 2 incident but has now been proved unrelated, police said Wednesday.
Pineda is being held on $2.63 million bail.
If convicted, he faces up to 25 years to life in state prison, the DA’s office said.