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News Release

Monday, June 19, 2017

Media Relations

Three Children Abducted by Mother NR17186aj

Los Angeles: Detectives from The Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Division are seeking the public's assistance in locating three missing children who are being concealed by their mother.

On June 15, 2017, around 4:00 p.m., Crystal Juarez took her children from the residence of her former husband without his permission. The father has full custody of the children, while Crystal has authorized visitation on the weekends. Crystal has family in Tijuana, Mexico and may have taken the children there.

Crystal Juarez is described as a 28-year-old female Hispanic, 5 feet 6 inches tall, and weighing 180 pounds. She has a tattoo on the back of her neck of "Humphrey Park."

Gabriel Vargas is described as a 10-year-old male Hispanic, 4 feet tall, and weighing 80 pounds. He was wearing a black shirt and black shorts.

Ruby Vargas is described as a 7-year-old female Hispanic, 3 feet 6 inches tall, and weighing 60 pounds. She was wearing a blue blouse, jeans and Spiderman shoes.

Lily Vargas is described as a 6-year-old female Hispanic, 3 feet 4 inches tall, and weighing 50 pounds. She was wearing a white shirt, zebra print pants and pink shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Van Nuys Division Detective Desk at (818) 374-0040. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.