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News Release

Saturday, February 1, 2003

Media Relations

Child Abduction Regional Emergency Media Alert


Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department is requesting the assistance of the media to provide the public with the following information to assist Law Enforcement efforts in locating an abducted child.

On Friday, January 31, 2003, at approximately 11:00 a.m., the suspect, 45 year-old Irlanda Ponce, was last seen babysitting her grandson Ceasar Adrian Ponce at her home located at the 700 block of South Catalina Avenue. She is believed to have abducted her grandson.

Caesar is 9 months-old and has black hair, brown eyes, 25’’, 20 lbs. He was last seen wearing a red and blue vest, gray and blue striped shirt and blue slippers.

The suspect was described as a female, Hispanic with black hair, brown eyes, 5’2’’ and 130-lbs. date of birth of 3-13-57. She was last seen wearing a dark peach blouse and skirt. The suspect has contacts in Wichita, Kansas and El Salvador and is believed to be heading out of the country.

The suspect is believed to be traveling by bus.

The child’s photograph is available with Rampart Area Watch Commander.

Anyone with information should contact the Rampart Detectives at 213-207-2155. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, 1-877-LAWFULL, 1-877-529-3855.

This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Grace Brady, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.