Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
|For Immediate Release|
March 15, 2007
NEIGHBOR CONVICTED OF RAPING TWO WOMEN WHO LIVED IN HIS COSTA
On September 12, 2004, Jane Doe #1, 45, who lived alone in an apartment in
On May 8, 2005, 64-year-old Jane Doe #2, who also lived alone in the Newport Village Apartments, was sleeping on her bed. Lopez broke in to the apartment through an open sliding glass door. The defendant pinned down the victim, pulled off her sweat pants, and forcibly raped her. The victim was able to get away and crawled toward the sliding glass door. Jane Doe #2 was saying the Lord’s Prayer as she tried to escape, but Lopez caught her and forcibly sodomized her as she prayed out loud. He then forced her into the bathroom and made her turn off the lights, as he had done with Jane Doe #1, and then fled the scene.
Noticing the similarities in the cases, the Costa Mesa Police Department compared semen samples taken in both cases and determined that the sex crimes were committed by the same defendant. Officers went door to door in the complex looking for witnesses and taking voluntary DNA samples. Lopez’s DNA sample matched the DNA from the attacks on Jane Doe #1 and Jane Doe #2.
Deputy District Attorney Heather Brown of the Sexual Assault Unit prosecuted this case.