People v. LopezAnnotate this Case
Angie Rizzo met Lopez at the Mission Library when she was 16 years old and he was about 26. He helped her with homework. The relationship evolved to dating and, after turning 18, Angie began avoiding Lopez. He stopped calling and began sending emails several times a week that were angry in tone; most of them several thousand words long. The emails made Rizzo feel uncomfortable and angry. She did not respond and stopped reading them. Angie left for college in Los Angeles, but the emails did not stop. After a final meeting, Angie decided to cut off all communication with him. Lopez sent packages to Angie’s mother’s address for several years and attempted to communicate by Facebook. Angie made a complaint and a police officer contacted Lopez and asked him to stop. Although Lopez did not threaten to harm Angie, he continued to send items, attempt to communicate, and to “run into her” at various locations. The court of appeal affirmed his conviction for stalking, rejecting an argument that the evidence was insufficient to establish that he made a true threat or that he intended to instill fear in the victim. Lopez acknowledged that his messages or artwork might have “upset” Angie.