Father in police custody after allegedly abducting 2-year-old girl

A 2-year-old girl who was reportedly kidnapped at gunpoint Wednesday by her father was found safe, and the man was taken into police custody, authorities said.

Louai Issa, 27, was arrested about 10:40 p.m. near 6th Street and Benton Way in Westlake, LAPD Sgt. Stacey Vandersall said.


Earlier Wednesday, police said, Issa took his daughter, Lamees Issa, during a scheduled supervised visit at a Department of Children and Family Services office in Chatsworth.

LAPD Lt. Robert Long said the girl was taken from her parents' custody and placed with a foster family following reports of neglect. Both parents were allowed visits with her under monitoring by the DCFS.

According to LAPD Officer Mike Lopez, during the visit, Issa took his daughter to a car and told a DCFS worker, "Don't make me shoot you. I'm taking my daughter."

The alleged abduction prompted authorities to issue an Amber Alert. Police learned Issa was in the Westlake area with his daughter from the property manager at his residence in the 300 block of Rampart Boulevard, Vandersall said.

The girl's mother, Wesam Abdelfattah, is believed to be a person of interest in the case and police are seeking to question her regarding the alleged abduction, Lopez said.

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