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"13 Year-Old Child Taken By Church Member"
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 a child taken by a church member.
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 a child taken by a church member.
On Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at approximately 10:00 p.m., the suspect, Martin Arechiga, 38 years of age, abducted 13 year-old Juliana Anais Tapia in the Highland Park area.
The child is described as follows: 13 year-old Juliana Anais Tapia, a female Hispanic, black hair, brown eyes, 4’ 5" and 105 pounds. Juliana was last seen wearing tan pants and a red shirt.
The suspect, Martin Arechiga, is described as a male Hispanic with black hair, brown eyes, 5’05", weighing 165 pounds. Archiga attends a same church as Juliana. The suspect was last seen with the child in a 1987 burgundy color Toyota Celica, California license plate 4BXF873. The suspect is possibly traveling to Houston, Texas.
A Photograph of the child and the suspect are available at Northeast Area Police Station, located at 3353 San Fernando Road, Los Angeles or at Media Relations Section.
Persons with information regarding this matter should contact the Northeast Area Watch Commander at 213 485-2563. 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 Jason Lee, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.