Stranger ‘kidnapped girl, 6 as she played outside her house in broad daylight then raped her’.

A PAEDO who abducted a six year-old girl as she played outside her house then raped her in 2012 has finally been collared, according to cops.

Francisco Javier Lopez has been named as the man suspected of the horrifying crime in Santa Ana, California, in during the early evening of 15 July 2012.

 Francisco Javier Lopez, 45, has been arrested and charged with the 2012 rape of a child

Francisco Javier Lopez, 45, has been arrested and charged with the 2012 rape of a childCredit: Orange County Sheriff’s Office

 Construction worker Lopez reportedly approached the youngster right outside her apartment, then bundled her into his silver Honda Civic.

Construction worker Lopez reportedly approached the youngster right outside her apartment, then bundled her into his silver Honda Civic.Credit: Orange County Sheriff’s Office

The 45-year-old’s arrest and charges was announced yesterday, with Lopez facing 12 felony charges including sexual intercourse with a child under 11 and sexual penetration of a child under 11.

Construction worker Lopez reportedly approached the youngster right outside her apartment, then bundled her into his silver Honda Civic, ABC7 reports.

He is then said to have driven the child to a parking lot, where he performed an array of abusive sex acts on her.

Afterwards, Lopez returned the girl to her neighbourhood before dropping her off close to where she lived, it is alleged.

Detectives released a sketch of their suspect, and say they finally tracked him down thanks to a state-wide hunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies.

They plan to share further details of how they pinpointed him as a suspected then tracked him down at a press conference on Friday.

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Lopez has also been charged with forcible lewd acts with a child under 14, oral copulation of a child under 11, kidnapping to commit a sex offense and dissuading a witness.

The suspected predator was due to make his first court appearance on Thursday.

He faces life behind bars if convicted of the charges he faces.


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