Marathon – A Marathon taxi driver was arrested Tuesday, charged with repeatedly having sex with a 12 year old girl.
The victim told Major Crimes Detective Geni Hernandez she had sex with 41 year old Angel Lopez multiple times between March 19th and the 26th at his apartment on Shark Street in Marathon. She said she met him after sneaking out of her mother’s residence on March 19th. She said she called a cab to pick her up from Walgreen’s and he was the driver.
After his shift at work, she said he took her back to his apartment and had sexual relations with her. She said this activity continued on subsequent nights. She said she told him she was 12 years old. At one point, he told her he could get into trouble for having sex with her because of her age.
On March 23rd, she said she ran away from home and went to his residence. She said she told him that she’d run away and he let her stay at his apartment. Detectives became involved in the case after the girl’s mother reported her missing. When detectives spoke with friends of the victim, they said they’d spoken with her; she told her friends she was having sex with an older man named “Angel” who lives on Shark Street.
When Detective Hernandez interviewed Lopez, he admitted to having sexual relations with the girl. He was arrested, charged with 9 counts of lewd and lascivious behavior and one count of sheltering a minor without notifying a parent. He was booked into jail.