A Beverly Hills man has been charged with murder in connection with the November overdose deaths of a model and her friend, who were both thrown outside Los Angeles-area hospitals, the district attorney said Tuesday. district George Gascón during a press conference.
David Brian Pearce was arrested in December but not charged in the deaths of 24-year-old aspiring model and actress Christy Giles and her friend, 26-year-old Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola. alleged sexual assault. Gascón says Pearce has now been charged with the deaths.
Three men were first arrested in connection with the deaths after the LAPD began investigating allegations by Christy Giles’ family that the model and her interior designer friend Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola were drugged during of a night of partying in Los Angeles on November 12.
LAPD arrested an aspiring actor and two other men in the deaths of two women, a model and her friend, who had apparently been drugged. Patrick Healy reports for NBC4 News at 6 p.m. Dec. 16, 2021.
The next morning, Giles’ body was delivered to a Culver City hospital and Cabrales-Arzola was left unconscious outside Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Hospital, police said. Giles did not survive and police called his manner of death undetermined. Cabrales-Arzola was declared brain dead and died Nov. 28 at age 26, according to the LA County Coroner’s Online Database.
The LAPD previously said three masked men dropped off the women at hospitals. They were in a black Toyota Prius with no license plates.
The men were later identified by police as David Pearce, 37; Michel Ansbach, 47; and Brandt Osborn, 42.
Ansbach and Brandt, a New York actor, were arrested on suspicion of complicity in manslaughter.
The women were allegedly drugged and left outside two hospitals. Hetty Chang reports for NBC4 News on Thursday, December 16, 2021.
Police say the two women received drugs and overdosed at a residence in the 8600 block of Olympic Boulevard in Los Angeles.
“Three suspects have been identified and arrested with the assistance of the LAPD-FBI Fugitive Task Force and the Metropolitan Division,” the LAPD statement said. “Based on the investigation, the LAPD is concerned that there may be other victims in our community who may have been drugged by one or more of these men.”
Giles’ husband, Jan Cilliers, told NBC4 that his wife is living life to the fullest and doing that with her friend Marcela, partying around the Los Angeles nightlife scene.
Cilliers said another friend who was with them the night they were drugged told him the woman had teamed up with a group of men to go to an after party.
“We assume the way the girls got in the car with them was that they were all going to the after-party, which everyone wanted to go to together,” Cilliers said. “And they never ended up getting there.”
He said he and his wife shared locations on their phones for security reasons. The morning after her party, he checked her location and he was pinned to the Culver City ER where she died.
Cabrales-Arzola moved to Los Angeles from Mexico earlier this year after taking a job as an interior designer, E! The news. His family traveled to the United States to be by his side during his hospitalization. Cabrales-Arzola’s father shared that the family decided to remove her from life support once she was declared brain dead and her organs were donated, according to E!.
“We are all devastated but grateful that God allowed us to have him with us for almost 27 years and allowed us to come here and say goodbye to him,” said Luis Cabrales Rivera. “I am grateful that with her last breath she can give life to others and that she continues to live in someone else’s heart, eyes, lungs.”
Cabrales-Arzola was days away from turning 27.
Cabrales’ father and mother said she loved and was protective of her younger siblings.
“Put them in jail for the rest of their lives,” said Luis Cabrales, his father. “They don’t respect any life. They don’t respect our children…my baby.”
Cabrales’ mother, Hilda Cabrales Arzola, added: “It might be the wrong decision to go with these guys, but you know, we trust people. That’s the problem.”
City News Service contributed to this report.