A Palm Desert man has gotten caught trying to hook up online with a 13 year old girl.
The problem for 30 year old Marino Lopez was that the girl was not a 13 year old girl at all.
It was a Riverside County Sheriffs Department undercover agent posing as a 13 year old girl.
Lopez was chatting with this “girl” online on Tuesday April 20th 2021 around 7 p-m, setting up a sexual encounter.
A short time later, Lopez showed up at 72-900 Highway 111, which is the Westfield Mall in Palm Desert to engage in lewd acts with this “girl.”
Instead he ran right into Sheriffs Deputies who took him to the county jail in Indio, and there was no 13 year old girl there either.
Lopez was out on court release at the time he was arrested on April 20th 2021, and now adds another felony charge to his growing resume’ of crime.
He was also in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, and a dagger about 18 inches long.
The Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force is asking anyone with additional information to contact Lead Investigator Julio Oseguera at (760) 836-1600 or call anonymously at (760) 341-STOP (7867) and reference incident # R21 105 0004.