Los Angeles police were getting lots of calls from citizens after an Amber Alert was issued for four children allegedly abducted by their biological parents from their maternal grandmother's home in Boyle Heights, a sergeant said today.
"We've been getting a lot of vehicle calls," said Sgt. Shannon Paulson of the Los Angeles Police Department Hollenbeck Station.
"We prefer more calls and we're making every effort to follow up on everything that comes in," Paulson said.
The sergeant referred to reports from people who thought they might have seen the vehicle used in the abduction, a dark-colored PT Cruiser with paper plates and a missing right-rear hubcap.
A report that the PT Cruiser was sighted in Mexico was one of many reports or rumors, Paulson said.
Enrique Felix and Rosa Chairez, both 28, are suspected of abducting the children -- 7-year-old Enrique Felix, 5-year-old Justin Felix and twin 12-month- old girls Veronica and Janet Felix -- at 12:30 p.m. Friday while the youngsters were in the care of their grandmother at her residence in the 1400 block of North Indiana Street, police said.
Social workers had placed the children in protective custody because their father was physically violent toward them and their mother, Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Martin Baeza said at the Hollenbeck Station, where photos of the suspects and victims were circulated.
A restraining order against the parents required they only see their kids by scheduled appointment and under the supervision of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, LAPD Sgt. Eddie Ortiz said.
"They went to the residence of the grandmother and they forcibly took the children and left the location," Baeza said.
Felix was described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Chairez is 5 feet, 3 inches tall, 150 pounds with red hair and brown eyes, according to police.
The statewide alert was issued by the California Highway Patrol at 4:50 a.m. Saturday, according to the CHP online incident page.
"The safety of the children is primary here," Baeza said.
--City News Service