Police: Arrest Made In 17-Year-Old Norma Lopez’s Murder

MORENO VALLEY (CBS) — Authorities have made an arrest in the murder of a 17-year-old Moreno Valley girl.

Moreno Valley Police Chief John Anderson announced Friday that they arrested Jesse Perez Torres, 35, in the death of Norma Lopez.

Lopez was abducted July 15, 2010, as she walked to a friend’s house after a summer school class at Valley View High School. Her body was found in a field five days after she disappeared.

Officials say Torres lived on Creekside Way in Moreno Valley, which is about a block from Valley View High School.

“I waited 1 yr and 3 months and my answer that I’ve been awaiting for was finally answered I promised this crime wasn’t gunna go unanswered and the FBI didn’t fail us….he’s been found and he’s in jail were going on trial…more info will be on the news tomorrow as there will be a press conference announcing my sisters killer has been found….” Lopez’s sister, Elizabeth, posted to the “Find Norma Lopez” Facebook group.

Elizabeth Lopez told reporters today, “We can’t bring her back. But at least I know who did it. I just wanna know why.”

Choking back tears she spoke directly to Torres. “Why did you have to take my sister? Why her? Why did you have to kill her? Did she do anything to you for you to actually kill her? She was young. She still had her whole life ahead of her.”

The Lopez family said they do not know Torres.  He was arrested Thursday morning in Long Beach. He has been booked on suspicion of murder and kidnapping to commit rape.

Greg Mills, reporting for KCAL9 and CBS2, says Torres has a criminal past. He’s been arrested for spousal abuse and assault with a deadly weapon. Mills says those charges were eventually dropped.

Speaking for her family, Elizabeth Lopez said her family is not asking for the death penalty. She said, “No, that would be the easy way out for him.”

Torres  is being held in a Riverside jail on $1 million bail.

  • Stinky Holes

    It’s Amazing how Cops solved murder cases. They probably have satellite recordings of what’s happening on Earth. And all they had to do is review each and every day in the surrounding area & proximity of the time & events of the missing person.

    • Muck Fu

      Cops find them by clicking their heels together 3 times and saying come out,come out where ever you are..it’s really amazing.

    • bounce

      You watch too many TV shows…

    • The Eff

      This POS was arrested 70 miles away. He probably did a petty crime, got arrested, shared his DNA and BAM! We have a match! I’m surprised you know how to read.

    • zeke

      Stinky Holes has Stinky Brain!!!!!

  • Bradly H

    GREAT work detectives. now lets hope the courts do their jobs as well as you have, and kill this POS

  • Mero

    Great NEWS another killer taken out the streets.

  • Igor Doublebubblevich.

    Is this the usual WILLIE HORTON?

  • Cora Mason Atkinson

    I am so glad for the family closure is a good thing. Now the courts must not this family down.



  • Diana Mora

    I have been wondering about this case, I am so glad to hear they have someone, and that she was not forgotten. My heart truly goes out to her family, one beautiful, young, vibrant girl… RIP Norma

  • Fidel Chavez

    when I first read of this crime and that NO one was in jail, I knew then that it would take sometime as I wrote in my last comment, that though this monster can run, he/she shall get whats coming in the very end, and it wont be long for this to be, law enforcement will be on track! and NOW it’s done, congratulation for this arrest!!

  • Rose Medina

    Yes….I’m glad they arrested this POS… I hope they torcher and castrate the SOB, these pedophiles don’t deserve to live, be housed, and fed 3 x a day with taxpayers money, this case had been on my mind, I’m glad that Norma’s family now has closure, It won’t bring her back, but at least they took one more pedophile off the streets. GOOD JOB DETECTIVES! !
    Rest in Peace Sweetheart! you won’t be forgotten!

    • Doodle Bug

      It’s sad because it makes it proves that a person just is not safe on the streets alone… This is a parent’s worst fear and I really hope this man get’s the pain he has given 100X.

  • R.J.

    i seriously doubt they will or could go after him as a CHILD RAPIST simply becuase she was not a child she was 17 the only charge they are likely to go for is KIDNAP, RAPE AND MURDER and he is guilty of those for sure

  • sad

    It’s always very sad when a young person dies, before their life really starts. All she was trying to do was go to summer school & be a kid. Hopefully the court system works for her family. Rest in peace.

  • James

    Hallelujah! I am so thankful that the detectives never gave up on this horrific murder and never put it aside as a cold case. I hope they have tons of evidence against this guy and that it will be obvious to a jury that they have indeed caught the “person” who did this to Norma, her family and loved ones.

  • cheongyei

    If the executioner in this case is not up to the task, I’ll volunteer. I would fry, inject, hang, pull the switch, behead or shoot him gladly.

  • RWZ

    Igor, it’s the usual perp from south of the border: feral, illiterate and misogynistic.

  • Timmy Tuttle

  • JS

    Bet me real money he already has a rap sheet for violent crimes. They’re not taken off the play ground until they kill someone, and even then it’s not a sure thing that it will be permanent. Write your reps. Tell them to stop over crowding prisons with non-violent perps and use those cages to keep violent people away from the rest of us. It’s not hard to do; we just have to stop being indifferent because we don’t live in the middle of a bullet riddled ghetto. Let’s do the good people who live in poor areas a favor instead of leaving them at the mercy of a revolving door justice system. Punishment is not justice. Keeping dangerous people in a cage is justice.

  • Laura B

    REALLY RWZ?? That’s the right way to make this family who also happens to be hispanic feel better. How do you know he’s from “south of the border” ?? Ignorance does not make the world a better place!

    • Juan

      It’s raining dead Mexicans.

  • Malvin

    Oh hispanic people again. What’s new? Just that this time they are killing their kind. However, raping their own kind is not something new though, as it happens every single day even with their close relatives. I know a mexican friend that he actually confessed to me he has been secretly making out with all his female cousins and he couldn’t stop. Another mexican person I know told me he even made out with his brother’s wife. This, happens all the time in latino community.

  • ICE

    That’s why the border needs to be closed right away. And let them suffer in their own soil.

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