Authorities issued an Amber Alert Friday morning after the child’s mother contacted police and said her ex-boyfriend, Abraham Vargas, 26, had taken the family minivan and the boy from the 1000 block of South Lorena Street in Boyle Heights.
The toddler’s mother was putting him in her car at her Boyle Heights home about 6:30 Friday morning when Vargas allegedly pushed her aside, grabbed the boy and drove off with him.
Vargas was barred from contacting the mother by a restraining order, police said.
“This is the first time that he’s actually tried to take the child as he did this morning,” LAPD Capt. Gary Lopez said. “They’ve had other discussions, and he’s made statements threatening to take the child and go toward Mexico, but this is the first time he’s actually taken any action.”
The vehicle is described as an orange Nissan Quest with damage to the right side. It has California license plate 7CIN189. At the time of the alleged abduction, Vargas, a roughly 180-pound Latino, was wearing blue jeans and a red sweat shirt. His son was clad in blue sweat pants and a red sweat shirt.
Anyone seeing them or the suspect’s vehicle was asked to call 911.