NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — A search is underway for a New Bedford man wanted for allegedly raping and sexually abusing a child.
An arrest warrant has been issued for 46-year-old Leon Mejia, also known as Leon Mejia-Vicente, according to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office.
The DA’s office said Mejia-Vicente is a citizen of Guatemala who up until recently was living in New Bedford with his two children.
Investigators believe Mejia-Vicente has fled the area, though it’s unclear whether his children are with him.
The children have been identified as 17-year-old Petronila “Marta” Mejia-Saquic and 5-year-old Hector Mejia-Saquic.
The specifics surrounding Mejia-Vicente’s crime are unknown at this time, though the DA’s office believes both of his children are in danger.
Anyone who believes they’ve seen Mejia-Vicente or his two children are urged to contact Massachusetts State Police at (800) 527-8873.