The search area for a missing 2-year-old boy who was believed to be kidnapped by his father and headed to Mexico was reduced to the L.A. and San Diego areas, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children stated Sunday.
An Amber Alert was issued Friday morning after 27-year-old Abraham Vargas allegedly stole a minivan in Boyle Heights and took his son, Edwin Vargas.
Abraham Vargas pushed the boy’s mother out of the way as she loaded the child into the vehicle, which was found unoccupied about five hours after the alleged kidnapping.
“The neighbors had seen him, he’d gotten close to me, or spied on me. One time, the police came but they didn’t find him,” the boy’s mother, Beatrice Perez, said in Spanish during a Friday news conference.
Although Perez had obtained a restraining order against Abraham Vargas through a judge, it was never served and therefore not in effect, police stated Friday.
“There was a restraining order on file,” LAPD Capt. Gerardo Lopez said. “He had made previous statements to other folks that if he had the opportunity he would take his child and flee toward Mexico.”
The boy was last seen wearing a red sweatshirt and blue sweatpants, Officer Norma Eisenman with Los Angeles Police Department Media Relations said.
Abraham Vargas was described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, 180 pounds, and wearing a red sweater and blue jeans, Lopez said.
Perez said Abraham Vargas was from Varacruz, Mexico, and she feared he may be headed there.