A 37-year-old man accused of grabbing a woman from a Riverside street and sexually assaulting her in his pickup pleaded not guilty Friday to kidnapping to commit rape.
Louis Edward Brown of Jurupa Valley was arrested last month following a weekslong investigation by the Riverside Police Department.
Along with the kidnapping count, Brown is charged with rape of an unconscious victim.
He was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Gail O’Rane, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for Oct. 8 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
The judge ordered Brown held on $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.
According to Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback, the alleged assault happened in the predawn hours of July 31 near the intersection of Mission Inn Avenue and Mount Rubidoux Drive.
Railsback alleged that the victim, identified in court documents by the initials “L.L.,” was walking through the area when Brown grabbed her and forced her into his 2001 Chevrolet Silverado.
The woman was allegedly assaulted for an unspecified period, during which she passed out, then was let go, investigators said.
Detectives initially had no clue as to the assailant’s identity, but were contacted days later by a Pasadena Police Department investigator, who provided information that led to the identification of Brown, according to Railsback.
He said the defendant was discovered living out of his pickup in the area of Garey Street and the Pomona (60) Freeway, within the Pomona city limits, where he was taken into custody without incident on Aug. 26.
Court records show Brown has two unresolved misdemeanor cases, but no felony convictions in Riverside County.
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