Immokalee man wanted for alleged sexual battery of a child under 12

An Immokalee man is wanted in connection to the sexual battery of a juvenile, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say Roberto Lopez, 40, is wanted for allegedly sexually battering a girl under the age of 12.

CCSO has reached out to local agencies to assist and they are also working with state and federal agencies.

The crime has everyone in this tight-knit community angry and frightened.

“I’m a dad myself I’m afraid we need to find this guy get him off the streets,” said one community member, who wished to remain anonymous.

Deputies learned of the crime after the child was taken to the hospital for injuries her family believed she sustained during a fall.

Medical professionals who examined her contacted deputies when they suspected a crime that was sexual in nature.

“We need him behind bars and be put away for what he did,” said the Immokalee man.

Deputies say the victim is safe and in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families.

According to the incident report from CCSO, a witness says she woke up and heard crying coming form the bathroom near her bedroom. She knocked on the bathroom door and a man opened it, then left.

The witness said she saw blood on the man and on the bathroom floor, as well as a little girl inside the bathroom with blood on her.

“It’s shocking to the residents of Immokalee because we have never seen this kind of stuff,” said the community member.

A flyer and search for Lopez has scared other parents. This is an area with tons of children, several schools and parks nearby.

“It’s sad and I’m sorry for the little girl. [I] hope she’s okay,” said resident, Juan Ortiz.

They hope showing Lopez’s picture and getting the word out will lead to an arrest.

“If he did it once already, he could do it again,” said Ortiz. “It’s heartbreaking.”

Lopez is believed to have several aliases. Those are listed as follows: Rigoberto LopezVelasquez; Marco Velasquez; Mario Velasquez; Marcos VasquezPerez; Marcos Velasquez; Rigoberto Lopez; Pascual Lopez Garcia; Marcos Vasquez Perez and Marcos Perez Vasquez.

His last known address is at the Tower Rentals in Immokalee and is said to have frequented local bars on North Second Street and the Azteca grocery store.

If you have information about Lopez’ whereabouts, contact the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239-252-9300.

Writer:Briana Harvath
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