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LASD - Walnut/Diamond Bar Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
Thursday August 11th, 2011 :: 07:31 p.m. PDT
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Female fugitive captured in Mexico, wanted for parental abduction of 3 boys in LACounty. Boys returned unharmed

Three news releases:

1. Female fugitive wanted for parental abduction of 3 boys captured in Mexico (Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)


2. Statement from Congressman Gary Miller


3. Los Angeles Fugitive Wanted for Parental Kidnapping Captured in Mexico (FBI)



1. Fugitive wanted for parental abduction of 3 boys captured in Mexico


On November 9, 2007, Walnut Sheriff’s Station deputies responded to a report of a parental abduction, in violation of court ordered custody. At that time it was alleged that Suspect Jennifer Lopez-Dejongh had fled with her three minor boys in violation of court ordered, shared custody with her ex-husband.

The suspect had been married to, and her children were fathered by Brian Miller, the son of United States Congressman Gary Miller (Diamond Bar).

Detectives from the Major Crimes Bureau - Metro Detail of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were in charge of the investigation.

Throughout the years following the abduction, Investigators followed leads which indicated that the suspect had fled with the victims to Mexico. Although there was ongoing investigative work by detectives, including continual interaction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regarding possible leads, no strong leads yielded results until yesterday (August 10, 2011).

Special agents from the FBI, acting with Mexican law enforcement officials in Tijuana, located the suspect and victims in Mexico. Mexican law enforcement agencies providing assistance include: la Policía Municipal, la Policía Estatal Preventiva (PEP), and el Instituto Nacional de Migración (Inami),

The children were unharmed and all were detained without incident.

The suspect and victims were transferred by Mexican law enforcement officials to the custody of Detectives from Sheriff’s Major Crimes - Metro Detail and agents from the FBI at approximately 3:00AM today, at the San Ysidro border crossing.

The suspect, now age 34, was transported to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s patrol station and booked on the outstanding warrant for “Depriving Custody in Violation of a Court Order”, 278.5(A) California State Penal Code. Her bail is currently $500,000.00.

The minor boys, now age 10, 10, and 12, were transferred to the custody of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, who will determine housing and custody arrangements.

The investigation regarding this case is continuing.

News media inquiries regarding this case should be directed to Steve Whitmore, Public Information Officer, at (323) 267-4800.


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2. Statement from Congressman Gary Miller:

“My wife and I are extremely relieved that after more than three and a half years our grandchildren have been found unharmed and returned safely to the United States. My family is eternally grateful to the FBI, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Mexican authorities and all those whose hard work and unwavering dedication made this possible. I would also like to express my deep appreciation for all of my colleagues, friends, and constituents who have given my family their support and their prayers during this extremely difficult time.”



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3. FBI PRESS RELEASE
LOS ANGELES FIELD OFFICE
losangeles.fbi.gov
For Immediate Release

DATE: August 11, 2011

LOS ANGELES FUGITIVE WANTED FOR PARENTAL KIDNAPPING CAPTURED IN MEXICO

Jennifer Lopez Dejongh, wanted for parental kidnapping, was arrested yesterday in Mexicali by Mexican law enforcement officials from Tijuana who were working with the FBI, announced Steven Martinez, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.

On Wednesday, August 10, Lopez Dejongh, age 34, was taken into custody in Mexicali, Mexico, pursuant to federal charges of Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution (UFAP). Lopez Dejongh was charged by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in connection with the parental kidnapping.

Upon Lopez Dejongh’s return to the United States, it is anticipated Lopez Dejongh will be placed in the custody of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and the federal government will dismiss the federal warrant charging UFAP. Lopez Dejongh will be prosecuted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The successful arrest of Lopez Dejongh and the return of her three children resulted from the cooperation between the FBI’s Legal Attaché assigned to the United States Embassy in Mexico City, San Diego FBI Border Liaison officers, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Bureau, Mexican Tijuana Police, and FBI Los Angeles Field Office.

Media Contact:

FBI: Lourdes Arocho (310) 996-4402
Ari Dekofsky (310) 996-3804

Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department
Steve Whitmore (323) 267-4800




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