Father faces arrest warrant issued in Boynton Beach parental abduction case


Source: SunSentinel

Police say man abducted three-year-old daughter and took her to Mexico

An arrest warrant has been issued for Feliz De La Cruz Lopez who Boynton Beach police say abducted his three-year-old daughter Jazmin Lopez and took her to Mexico. (Boynton Beach Police Department)

A man that Boynton Beach police say last week abducted his three-year-old daughter and took her to Mexico now faces criminal charges and a push for extradition.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Feliz De La Cruz Lopez, 26, who faces a felony charge of interference with custody.

Boynton Beach police have been working with federal and state authorities to try to have him arrested and extradited from Mexico.

Police say that Feliz De La Cruz Lopez on Dec. 10 picked up his daughter, Jazmin Lopez, from her mother’s home on Southwest First Street for what was supposed to be a weekend visit.

But her mother, Irma Velasquez, 20, said calls and texts to Feliz De La Cruz Lopez went unanswered that day and much of the next.

Velasquez told police that “she became concerned since Feliz had threatened to take Jazmin to Mexico if Velasquez were to be with another man,” according the probable cause affidavit released Monday.

On Dec. 12, Velasquez received a call from her daughter who said she didn’t want to be with Velasquez any more, according to police.

On Dec. 13, Feliz De La Cruz Lopez called from his mother’s phone line in Mexico and “told Velasquez to say good-bye to her daughter Jazmin and told her that it would be the last time she would speak to her daughter,” according to the affidavit.

Velasquez has primary legal custody of Jazmin Lopez and never gave Feliz De La Cruz Lopez permission to take the girl out of the country, according to police.

Police have said they think Jazmin Lopez was taken to an area near Tabasco, Mexico.

Anyone with information about Lopez can call Boynton Beach Police Detective Rayner De Los Rios at 561-742-6153, Detective Sgt. Thomas Wallace at 561-742-6126 or Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 800-458-TIPS.

Information can also be submitted at http://www.bbpd.org and http://www.facebook.com/boyntonbeachpolice. Tips can be given anonymously.

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