PALM DESERT, California (CNN) -- Two men abducted a 9-year-old boy
his Southern California home Wednesday after assaulting his
then sped away in a white sport utility vehicle,
The missing boy is Nicholas Michael Farber, who is 4 feet, 4 inches
and has brown hair with blond highlights. He was last seen
Fruit of the Loom underwear.
"The boy was taken by force" after two men forced their way into the
Desert home south of Palm Springs, said Dennis Gutierrez of the
County Sheriff's Department. There were weapons left at the
Gutierrez had no details.
Gutierrez said the sheriff's department received a phone call
the incident about 2 a.m. PDT. The motive for the abduction
The boy's father, who told authorities he didn't know the men, said
saw several other men in a vehicle parked outside the home.
Mary Kay Plock, a spokeswoman for Eisenhower Medical Center in nearby
Mirage, said the father, Michael Farber, 47, was brought to
room at 2:56 a.m. with bruises on his face, head and
chest. He was treated
and released about two hours later.
An "Amber Alert" has not been issued to notify the public about the
said Jim Harris of the California Highway Patrol.
However, the Riverside
County Sheriff's Department said it had posted
a modified alert.
The highway patrol is responsible for issuing Amber alerts, which put
on the lookout for a missing child and inform the public
about the abduction
through electronic billboards along major roads.
"It's very early in the process, and we don't have enough
Authorities describe one of the suspects as 20 to 30 years old. He is
feet 8 inches tall, weighs 175 pounds and has short, dark
hair and a goatee. He was last seen wearing dark clothes
and carrying a
The authorities described the second suspect as a 6-foot-3-inch male
250 pounds. He was last seen wearing dark sweats and a brown
over his head and face.
Their vehicle is possibly a white GMC Yukon. The license plate is unknown.
Nicholas Michael Farber is 9 years old and has brown hair with blond highlights.
Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Riverside
Sheriff's Department at 760-836-3215.