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Additional victims sought after Long Beach Police arrest Long Beach man for lewd conduct

On Thursday, August 19, 2020, detectives arrested a male adult suspect who is believed to have been involved in several incidents of indecent exposure and lewd acts with minors.

On May 10, 2020, a social media post of an exposure incident was reported to detectives who immediately began investigating the incident. Through follow up investigation, victim evidence, and the information obtained from the social media post detectives were able to connect the suspect’s vehicle to six other incidents in the City of Long Beach.

Below is a summary of the incidents the suspect is connected to:

  • On October 1, 2019, officers were dispatched to the area of Wardlow Road and Golden Avenue for a report of a male adult sitting in his car while masturbating. The vehicle was gone upon officers’ arrival.
  • On the same day, on October 1, 2019, a 17-year-old and 21-year-old female victims walking in the area of Harding Street and Atlantic Avenue reported a suspect in his vehicle masturbating who was following them. The vehicle was not located by officers that day.
  • On May 25, 2020, officers were dispatched to the area of Spring Street and Studebaker Road regarding a suspect masturbating in his vehicle. The victim, a female adult, reported being outside her residence when the suspect drove up.
  • On July 9, 2020, we received a report of a suspect exposing himself in a vehicle while following a 15-year-old female in the area of Atherton Street and Palo Verde Avenue.
  • On August 2, 2020, a female adult walking in the area of Palo Verde Avenue and Spring Street reported being followed by a suspect matching the previous incidents’ description.

Detectives believe Lopez frequently drove in and around the City of Long Beach since October of 2019, and there may be other victims who can come forward with additional information. The vehicle the suspect is believed to have been driving is a silver 2018 Ford Mustang with California license plate #8GFE158.

The suspect has been identified as 34-year-old David Leon Lopez of Long Beach. Suspect Lopez has been described as follows:

Gender: Male
Race: Hispanic
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown and wears eyeglasses
Facial hair: Mustache

Lopez was booked for one count lewd acts and eight counts of indecent exposure and is being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $75,000 bail.

Anyone who has information regarding the suspect or vehicle is urged to contact Long Beach Police Drug Investigations Section at 562-570-5550. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smartphone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

The article above was released by the Long Beach Police Department.