Massachusetts child rape suspect disappears with his 2 children

Leon Mejia-Vincente was living in New Bedford

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Police in Massachusetts are asking for the public’s help in tracking down a child rape suspect who investigators say is on the run with his 5 and 17-year-old children. 

Leon Mejia, who is also known as Leon Mejia-Vincente, is being sought for the rape and sexual abuse of a child, according to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office. 

"Mejia-Vicente is a citizen of Guatemala, who up until recently was living in New Bedford with his two minor children," the attorney’s office said in a statement. 

"As the whereabouts of the children are also currently unknown -- the children are considered endangered," the statement added. 

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Leon Mejia-Vincente was last living in New Bedford, Massachusetts, prosecutors say.

Leon Mejia-Vincente was last living in New Bedford, Massachusetts, prosecutors say. (Bristol County District Attorney's Office)

Prosecutors say they hope to find the children "as soon as possible." 

Anyone with information on Mejia-Vicente's whereabouts is urged to call Massachusetts State Police or New Bedford Police. 

Those with information on Mejia-Vincente's whereabouts are urged to call the New Bedford Police Department.

Those with information on Mejia-Vincente's whereabouts are urged to call the New Bedford Police Department. (New Bedford Police Department)

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Mejia-Vincente is 46 years old and should not be approached or subdued, investigators say.

New Bedford is located in southeastern Massachusetts.

New Bedford is located in southeastern Massachusetts.

New Bedford, a city in southeastern Massachusetts, is 60 miles south of Boston and around 30 miles east of Providence, Rhode Island.