Above: Ezequiel Lopez booking photo | Photos: Fresno PD
A Fresno man has reportedly been arrested as the primary suspect in three separate sexual assaults, according to police.
27-year-old Ezequiel Lopez is accused of sexual assault against three victims, two of which occurred in late May and a third in early June.
In the first, in the early morning hours of May 17, Lopez is accused of having assaulted a runaway 17-year-old girl at gunpoint. Police say Lopez offered the girl a ride and, once she was in the car, brandished an AR-15 style rifle, and forced her to engage in multiple sex acts.
In the second case, which reportedly occurred on the afternoon of May 29, Lopez allegedly forced a 32-year-old woman into his vehicle and made her engage in multiple sexual acts. Police also allege that when the woman tried to escape, Lopez injected her with a substance believed to have possibly been methamphetamine.
Police say all three alleged assaults occurred in the area of Ashlan Avenue, and that all three victims have positively identified Lopez as their attacker.
Lopez was arrested on June 16 and booked at the Fresno County Jail on suspicion of sexual assault, kidnapping, and false imprisonment, among other charges. The gun he allegedly used turned out to be a BB gun designed to realistically resemble an AR-15, police said.