Jorge Enrique Lopez Maza
VAN NUYS – On Friday 26-year-old Jorge Enrique Lopez Maza was ordered to stand trial on charges that he sexually assaulted a 5-year-old girl at the Panorama Mall.
On April 21, 2016, the little girl was with her grandmother at the mall and the two separated. Lopez Maza is alleged to have approached her, convincing her to go with him, supposedly to go find her grandmother.
Then the suspect took the girl outside of the mall to an isolated area where he sexually assaulted the victim. The girl screamed and ran away. A bystander who heard the scream chased Lopez Maza for several blocks to a market, where law enforcement arrested him.
He was charged with one count of kidnapping to commit a lewd act on a child.
His bail was set at $1 million. If convicted, he faces 25 years to life in prison.