Los Angeles – Saturday evening around 11:00 p.m. on the 3200 block of Malabar Street, a 3-year-old girl disappeared while playing with friends in the front yard of a home where a baby shower was being held. The frantic search for her began and lasted nearly three hours in the Boyle Heights neighborhood.
The terrifying ordeal ended when she was thankfully discovered in a garage across the street. With her was an unnamed and naked suspect, together on a sofa in the garage.
The suspect, identified as 55-year-old Edward Lopez, sustained obvious facial injuries in resisting arrest. In an apparently intoxicated state, he had earlier requested and was denied the chance to join the shower. Neighbors remarked that the girl’s rescue occurred “in the nick of time.”
It appears as if the little girl is okay and was apparently not harmed sexually. However, Lopez is being charged by the DA’s office with one count of oral copulation on a child under 10, and committing a lewd act on a child, in addition to the kidnapping charges, according to media reports on Tuesday.