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Press Release: Kidnapping / False Imprisonment
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Station Area: Jurupa Valley
Written Date: 07/03/19 Time: 06/28/19
Incident Date: 06/28/19 Time: 8:00 PM
Incident Location: 8:00 PM
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Nathan Padilla
File Number(s): JV191790139


Ismael Lopez

On Friday, June 29, 2019, approximately 8:00 PM, Jurupa Valley Deputies were dispatched to an armed kidnapping that occurred in the area of Mission Blvd and Riverview in Jurupa Valley. The victim, who was not harmed, was able to safely escape the suspect and walk into a local convenience store and call 911. Prior to deputies arriving, the suspect fled the scene.

With the use of surveillance video that captured the suspect’s description, Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force Officers from Region-7, immediately recognized the suspect as 21-year-old Ismael Lopez, an active gang member to a local criminal street gang. Task Force Officers assumed the investigation and began looking for Lopez. During the course of the investigation, it was learned, Lopez had just been released from state prison two weeks prior and was on active parole.

On Wednesday, July 3, 2019, approximately 5:30 PM Task Force Officers located and arrested Lopez for Kidnapping, False Imprisonment, Parole Violation, and for committing a violent crime as an active gang member. Lopez was booked in to the Robert Presley Detention Center.

The Region 7 Gang Task Force is one of five teams composing the Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force, which is a collaborative effort of 25 law enforcement agencies with the goal of combating criminal street gangs throughout Riverside County. The Region 7 Gang Task Force is composed of members from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, and Riverside County Probation.

Anyone with additional information regarding this arrest is encouraged to contact Sergeant Nathan Padilla from the Region 7 Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force at (951) 955-2734.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.


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