BEVERLY HILLS—The Beverly Hills Police Department arrested the suspect involved in a series of assaults in the region. The assaults transpired during the evening hours on Thursday, July 20 between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the following areas: the 200 block of North Rodeo Drive, the 400 block of North Canon Drive, and the 9600 block of South Santa Monica Boulevard, indicated Lt. Elisabeth Albanese, Public Information Officer for the BHPD in a press release to Canyon News.
The suspect, Joshua Daniel Stevens, 26, of Los Angeles was charged in court on Tuesday, July 25 with three attempted sexual assaults in one night in Beverly Hills, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Deputy District Attorney David Berger noted that Stevens faces three counts each of assault with intent to commit a sex crime and false imprisonment by violence. Case SA096100 includes allegations that Stevens was convicted in 2016 of terroristic threatening in Baxter, Ark.
He pled not guilty in court on the charges and is scheduled to return on August 22 in Department 31 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Airport Branch.
During each incident, the suspect approached a female victim and made physical contact by grabbing the victim. Stevens is charged with assaulting two separate women as they walked to their vehicles in parking garages and a third woman walking on a sidewalk on July 20. All three victims managed to escape only suffering minimal or no physical injuries.
Bail was set at $385,000. Stevens faces a possible maximum sentence of more than 23 years in state prison if convicted. The case is still under investigation by the Beverly Hills Police Department.