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LAPD Looking for Help in Abduction of Boy from Westside

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A father in a custody dispute over his 10-year-old child forcefully took the boy from his school last week and the two of them have not been seen since.

A court ordered George Betsis, an Australian National, to return his son, Tomas Betsis-Dunstan of Pacific Palisades, to the West Los Angeles police station, but when Betsis called and acknowledged the order, he told an officer he would not comply.

Now police are on the hunt for Betsis, who is described as a 49-year-old White man, with brown hair and eyes, 5 ft. 8 in. tall, 200 lbs., with a medium build and dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a blue jacket and blue jeans. Detectives have reason to believe he is driving a 2009 Gray Kia Sorrento, California License Plate Number 6ELL191.

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Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Betsis or Tomas, is asked to call West Los Angeles Detectives, Detective Francene Mounger at (310) 444-1533. After-hours and on weekends, calls may be directed to the West Los Angeles watch commander at (310) 444-0701 or to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247). Callers may also text “Crimes” with a cell phone or log on to and click on Web tips. When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with “LAPD.” Tipsters may remain anonymous.