Richard Winton and Leela Seidman
From The Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES. This week, officials said the young model and architect’s life in Los Angeles was cut short when they were allegedly given a drug overdose and left for dead in nearby hospitals.
Christy Giles, 24, and Hilda Marcela Cabrales Arzola, 26, died in suspicious circumstances in November, prompting an investigation. The Los Angeles Police Department announced Thursday that three men have been arrested in connection with their deaths.
37-year-old David Pearce was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter. Brandt Osborne, 42, and Mike Ansbach, 47, were arrested on suspicion of complicity in manslaughter. All three were arrested by the LAPD-FBI and the Metropolitan Police Department.
According to police reports, homicide detectives began investigating after masked men took Giles off to a hospital in Culver City on November 13 and drove off in a black Toyota Prius without license plates. Giles was unconscious at the time and was soon pronounced dead.
Arsola was soon rushed to Kaiser Permanente West Hospital in Los Angeles. She was in a coma and in a very serious condition. According to the investigation, she died on November 24 without regaining consciousness.
Authorities say both women overdosed at a home on Olympic Boulevard south of Beverly Hills. About 12 hours before they were left in hospitals, women were seen leaving a party at a warehouse in the Eastside.
The Giles family welcomed the news of the arrest of the three men, saying on Thursday afternoon in a statement that they were “very happy” with what was happening.
“We, the Christie family, will NOT rest until these people are brought to justice by their peers and found guilty,” the statement said. “Then and only then will justice be found for Christie and Marcela.”
The family’s statement called the process “not a sprint, but a marathon” and said it was now in the hands of the Los Angeles County District Attorney.
Giles’ husband, Ian Silliers, said he believed the two women ended up at Pierce’s house after they left the party. At some point, they texted each other, saying that “they need to get out of there,” he said, and even called Uber.
“Then no one heard from them for 12 hours until my wife’s body was taken to the emergency room,” he said.
Siliers described Giles as loving, kind, and “the ultimate protector of everyone she loved.”
“This is one of the reasons I remain so strong because I know that if the roles were reversed, she would definitely do it for me,” he said.
Police investigated “are concerned that there may be other victims in our community who may have been drugged by one or more of these men,” the press release said.
LAPD Captain Stacy Spell said officials were unable to provide further information on the nature of the case due to the ongoing investigation. An LAPD source said the investigation is heavily focused on Pierce.
It was not immediately clear which drugs, if any, were found in the female system. Detectives have not confirmed why Pierce’s actions could have led to his arrest for manslaughter or who supplied the drugs. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office has yet to file charges.
None of the men were contacted for comment on Thursday.
The suspects appear to have some sort of ties to the entertainment industry. According to IMBD, Osborne, an actor from Staten Island, played a stockbroker from New York in the 2017 comedy Obamaland Part 1: Rise of the Trump Publicans.
His contributions also include acting on an episode of the TV show Nurse Jackie in 2014 and working in the sound department of the short film Rus in 2012. Osborne was arrested while working on NCIS: Los Angeles, a Los Angeles agency. A source told The Los Angeles Times, noting that a group of fugitives waited for his lunch and arrested him on Cowenga Boulevard near the set.
Also a New York native, Ansbach has worked as a cinematographer and cinematographer on dozens of Hollywood TV series, according to IMDB. This year he was nominated for two episodes of “Pet Stars” and last year he was cinematographer for three episodes of the television series “Sleeping with Friends.”
He also worked as a cinematographer on Vanderpump Rules and The Amazing Race.
Siliers said the two women became friends after Azola moved to Los Angeles earlier this year. Arzola studied architecture in Mexico and worked as a project manager until her death.
“She was a fighter and gave to her last breath,” her family wrote on the GoFundMe page created for medical, funeral and travel expenses. “At the request of her family, parts of her body will be donated to those in need as precious gifts.”
Her family did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The GoFundMe page was also created to cover the costs of Giles’ funeral and the costs of a private investigation.
According to the sheriff’s records, Pierce was being held on $ 1 million bail. Ansbach and Osborne were held in lieu of $ 100,000 bail.
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