Santa Monica News
Parental Abduction Suspect Under Arrest
By Shine Huang
Apr 15, 2013 - 8:03:45 AM

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Adriana Joriel Johns. Photo courtesy of SMPD
SANTA MONICA—Authorities from the Santa Monica Police Department announced that Adriana Joriel Johns has been arrested in connection with the March 6 abduction of her son.  Johns lost custody of the child in December 2012.

Johns was allowed to keep her 8 year-old son overnight.  The next morning she didn’t take her son to school and disappeared.  

Investigators were able to track Jones and her son to Clermont, Florida. Around 2:30 p.m. on March 22, the Lake County Sheriff’s Department took action to a residence in the area. Johns was taken into custody and recovered her son Jounel Taylor, who was in a good condition. Taylor’s grandmother flew to Florida and reunited with her grandson on March 24.

On Friday, April 5, Adriana Joriel Johns waived extradition and was brought back to Santa Monica. She faces charges for child abduction, as well as a  burglary warrant. Bail was set at $150, 000.



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