First published in the Dec. 25 print issue of the Glendale News Press.
A homeless man remained in custody Thursday for allegedly committing various crimes involving a child.
Simon Lopez, 21, was arrested on Monday and booked on suspicion of kidnapping, domestic violence, “engaging in intercourse with a minor,” and for an outstanding warrant, the Glendale Police Department reported.
Lopez was being held on $100,000 bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The investigation began on Dec. 3, when officers were sent to the 1800 block of Camino San Rafael regarding “a confrontation between a minor and an adult male,” police said.
“During the investigation, officers learned that the male was seen physically assaulting a minor before fleeing the area in a vehicle,” police said in a statement.
Lopez was arrested about 2:30 p.m. Monday in the 21000 block of Roscoe Boulevard in Canoga Park, police said.
“Due to L.A. County’s emergency ‘Zero-Dollar’ bail order, the District Attorney’s office recommended bail be set to $0; however, a $100,000 bail hold was set,” police said in the statement.
“The following charges reflect what the District Attorney’s office has filed against Lopez: unlawful sex with a minor, oral copulation of a minor, domestic violence, contact with a minor for sexual offense and possession of child porn,” police added.
“If you or your child has been in contact with Lopez via social media or another platform, please contact the Glendale Police Department’s Assaults Bureau by calling (818) 548-3106,” police said.
Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may call the Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS; use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 MOBILE APP” or go to lacrimestoppers.org.
— City News Service