Boxer Hector Lopez, an ’84 Olympian, Sought by Police in Kidnapping Case

Times Staff Writer

Glendale police are seeking 1984 Olympic boxing silver medalist Hector Lopez for allegedly kidnapping his former girlfriend. She has not been seen since she was forced at gunpoint from her home Sunday night, police said.

Lopez, 21, allegedly broke into Norma A. Gomez’s Glendale home about 11:30 p.m., punched and kicked her father, hit a family guest in the head with the butt of a pistol and then forced Norma at gunpoint from the house.

Police said Monday that they have not located either Lopez or Gomez.

In 1984, Lopez, who lived in Glendale for 12 years without American citizenship, represented Mexico in the Olympics as a bantamweight fighter, losing to Italian Maurizio Stecca in the gold-medal fight.


Gomez’s father, Elias Gomez, told police that he heard a knock on the door at 11:35 p.m. He said he opened the door, saw Lopez standing there, then shut it immediately and yelled at Lopez to leave. His daughter, 24, previously obtained a restraining order to keep Lopez away from her.

Gomez told police that Lopez walked to the rear of the house and got in through an unlocked kitchen door. He said Lopez punched him in the eye, knocking him to the floor, then began kicking him.

Gomez told officers that Lopez walked into the living room and pointed a revolver at Norma Gomez and Manuel Casillas, a family guest, and said he wanted to speak to Norma. Lopez stepped outside the front door and the elder Gomez slammed the door shut and locked it behind him, he said.

Lopez broke a window near the front door and climbed back inside, Gomez told police. Once inside, he struck Casillas with the gun, grabbed Norma Gomez and dragged her outside at gunpoint, he said.

Lopez forced Gomez into his car and drove away.