SANTA MONICA—On Tuesday, February 8 at approximately 1:15 p.m., a woman attempted to kidnap a four-year-old boy on the 2400 block of Santa Monica Beach near Ocean Park.

The child was there at the beach with his mother when a random woman grabbed the child and attempted to walk away. The mother was able to get her son away from the abductor. Local lifeguards assisted the woman and her small child until authorities arrived on the scene. The toddler was not physically harmed.

Susan Lenore Johnson, 52, who police described as being homeless was arrested for attempted kidnapping.

According to the inmate locator on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department website, Johnson is 5 foot and 3 inches tall with hazel eyes and weighs approximately 135 pounds. She was booked and transported to jail by the Santa Monica Police Department. Bail was set at $35,000.

Johnson is being detained at the Century Regional Detention Facility at 11705 Almeda Street in Lynwood.

Her next court date has been scheduled for February 24, at 8:30 a.m. at Hollywood Superior Court Department 203 at 5925 West Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Susan Lenore Johnson has a criminal record. She was arrested on July 24, 2022, by the SMPD and was held on $20,000 bond, given a citation, a court date, and released.