LOS ANGELES — Police confirmed Thursday that three men have been arrested in connection with the deaths of a model and her friend last month.
24-year-old aspiring model and actress Christy Giles and her friend Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola were last seen in an apartment in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood before their bodies were dumped outside a Southern California hospital in Culver City and a permanent Kaiser Hospital West Los Angeles.
Giles was already dead when she was found outside the hospital on November 13. Cabrales-Arzola, an architect, was in critical condition and her family took her off life support a day before her 27th birthday on November 27.
On Thursday morning, the Los Angeles Police Department identified the arrested men as:
– David Pearce, 37, who was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, with bail set at $1 million
–Michael Ansbach, 47, who was convicted of aiding and abetting manslaughter, with bail set at $100,000
–Brandt Osborn, 42, convicted of accessory to manslaughter, with bail set at $100,000
“Both women are believed to have received drugs and overdosed at a residence in the 8600 block of Olympic Boulevard in the City of Los Angeles,” police said in a statement.
“West Bureau Homicide Detectives have responded and are continuing to investigate this case. Three suspects have been identified and arrested with the assistance of the LAPD-FBI Fugitive Task Force and the Metropolitan Division. Based on 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,” police said.
“This is an active and ongoing investigation,” police said. “The case against these three men will be presented to the Los Angeles District Attorney for consideration on Friday.”
Giles’ husband, Jan Cilliers, said earlier that police contacted him on Wednesday about the arrests.
“Even if they are charged to the fullest extent of the law, no amount of legal justice will bring Christy and Hilda back,” Cilliers told Fox 11.
Cilliers had been quoted in previously published reports as saying there is video of three masked men dressed in black who stopped at the hospital and pushed the model’s body out of a Toyota Prius with no license plates .
Giles and Cabrales-Arzola exchanged text messages hours before they were found, appearing to have called an Uber to leave the apartment.
Family members of the women claimed they may have been drugged against their will at some point before they were found.
According to a toxicology report, heroin was found in the Cabrales-Arzola system, KABC 7 reported.
The toxicology report on Giles’ body has not been released and his cause of death has been reported.