LOS ANGELES - "A lot" of phone tips were coming in to Los Angeles police detectives, as they seek four children allegedly snatched by their biological parents from their court-ordered shelter with their grandmother in Boyle Heights, an LAPD spokeswoman said.
Meanwhile, the statewide Amber Alert continues for the parents' getaway car, a dark-colored PT Cruiser with paper license plates and a missing right-rear hubcap.
"We've been getting a lot of vehicle calls," said Sgt. Shannon Paulson of the Los Angeles Police Department Hollenbeck Station. "We prefer more calls and we're making every effort to follow up on everything that comes in."
Detectives were "working with different entities and hoping they'll call us," said Los Angeles police officer Sally Madera of the Media Relations Section. "And we're still asking for the public's help."
One report that the PT Cruiser was sighted in Mexico may have been a rumor, Paulson said.
Enrique Felix and Rosa Chairez, both 28, are suspected of abducting the children -- Enrique Felix, 7; Justin Felix, 5 and twin 12-month-old girls Veronica and Janet Felix. The abduction was at 12:30 p.m. Friday while the youngsters were in the care of their grandmother at her residence in the 1400 block of North Indiana Street, in Boyle Heights about three miles east of the Los Angeles Civic Center, police said.
Social workers had placed the children in protective custody because their father was physically violent toward them and their mother, police said. Photos of the suspects and victims were circulated.
A restraining order against the parents required they only see their kids by scheduled appointment and only under the supervision of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, LAPD Sgt. Eddie Ortiz said.
"They went to the residence of the grandmother and they forcibly took the children," Baeza said.
Felix was described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Chairez is 5 feet 3 inches tall, 150 pounds with red hair and brown eyes, according to police.
The statewide alert was issued by the California Highway Patrol at 4:50 a.m. Saturday, according to the CHP online incident page.
"The safety of the children is primary here," Baeza said.
Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of the four children, as well as Felix and Chairez, was asked to call the LAPD's Hollenbeck station at (323) 342-4100.