PD: Phoenix woman finds man who sexually assaulted her earlier in the day

PD: Phoenix woman finds man who sexually assaulted her earlier in the day
Posted at 12:15 PM, Jun 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-07 19:15:12-04

A Phoenix man was arrested for sexual assault after his alleged victim recognized him after the incident and reported him to police.

Phoenix Police report that in the early morning hours of June 2, a woman was walking home in the area of 27th Avenue and Indian School Road when she was approached by a man who offered her a ride.

She accepted the invitation and gave the man gas money. 

The man, later identified as 42-year-old Francisco Lopez, suddenly pulled in to a neighborhood, pulled out a knife and reportedly forced the woman into sexual acts. 

The woman then said she would have sexual intercourse with Lopez as a ruse to get out of the truck, police said. At some point, she was able to get out of the truck and yelled to call attention to Lopez who sped off from the area.

Later the night, in the same area, the woman spotted the same truck and license plate and approached it in the parking lot of a bar. 

When she spotted Lopez, she flagged down a patrol officer, court documents said. Lopez fled the area and was soon caught by police. 

Lopez denied the sexual assault, saying he wasn't even in the Phoenix at the time. However, police say the knife described by the victim in detail was found in the truck. 

Lopez is being held without bond and has been charged with sexual assault.