Suspect charged in alleged downtown Long Beach carjacking, sexual assault
KTLA / Long Beach Police
Left: Long Beach Police released this image of a man suspected in a kidnapping, carjacking and sexual assault. Right: Jacob William Brown

By Brian Day, KTLA

LONG BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) -- A man accused of carjacking and kidnapping a woman as she sat in her car in downtown Long Beach, then repeatedly sexually assaulting her, pleaded not guilty to nine felony charges on Thursday, officials said.

Jacob William Brown, 39, of Long Beach, appeared in Los Angeles County Superior Court, where he denied charges of carjacking, kidnapping during a sex crime, three counts of assault with intent to commit rape and three counts of forced oral copulation, the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office said.

The attack took place on March 15. A 33-year-old woman had just parked her car in a parking structure outside a friend’s apartment building, according to Long Beach Police Department officials and prosecutors.

“Brown is charged with driving the woman to multiple locations where he sexually assaulted her,” district attorney’s office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said. The suspect ran away at the conclusion of the alleged attack.

Long Beach police detectives obtained surveillance camera images depicting the suspect, whose body was covered in tattoos.

A warrant was issued for Brown’s arrest on March 19. Investigators found and arrested Brown on March 24, police said at the time.