Santa Monica Lookout
Santa Monica Police Search for Kidnapped Child
By Lookout Staff
March 11, 2013 -- Santa Monica Police are searching for an eight-year-old boy and his mother after the two went missing last Wednesday.
Authorities suspect that Adriana Joriel Johns kidnapped her son, Jounel Armon Taylor, after he spent the night with her at an “unknown residence.”
Johns “was supposed to take Taylor to school in the morning,” officials said. “ Instead, Johns, who lost custody of her son in December of 2012 to her mother, fled with her son to an unknown location.”
According to authorities, Taylor's grandmother, who has full custody of the eight-year-old, lives in Santa Monica.
Police officials added that Johns has stopped communicating with her mother.
Police describe Taylor as a black male, approximately four feet tall and 100 pounds. He has brown eyes and wears his hair in an afro, according to authorities.
Johns, a 27-year-old black woman. is five feet, eight inches tall and weighs 145 pounds.
“She is not known to possess a vehicle and her whereabouts are unknown at this time,” officials said.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jounel Taylor or his mother Adriana Johns is asked to contact Detective Trapnell at (310) 458-2256 or Sergeant Thruston at (310) 458-8414 or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at (310) 458-8495.
Those who wish to remain anonymous can call WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME (1-800-78-27463), or submit the tip online at www.wetip.com. Tipsters will remain completely anonymous and may be eligible for a reward, up to $1,000.00, if the information leads to an arrest and conviction.
Anonymous tipsters can also contact Crime Stoppers by either calling (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or by visiting their website at www.lacrimestoppers.org.
To text an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers; please view their webpage for detailed instructions. If the information leads to an arrest, the tipster is eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000.00.
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