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    Parental Abduction Suspect in Custody

    April 8, 2013
    Contact: Richard Lewis, Sergeant
    Phone: 310.458.8462


    On March 6, 2013, Jounel Armon Taylor, was abducted by his biological mother Adriana Joriel Johns who lost custody of her son in December of 2012 to her mother.  Johns was allowed to keep her 8 year old son overnight, and instead of taking him to school the next morning, she fled with her son and stopped communicating with her mother. 

    Investigators were able to track Johns and her son to Clermont, Florida.  On March 22, 2013, at approximately 2:30 p.m., the Lake County Sheriff’s Department responded to a residence in Clermont, Florida and took Johns into custody and recovered Jounel Taylor, who was in good health.  On March 24, 2013, Taylor was reunited with his grandmother, who flew to Florida.

    Johns waived extradition and was brought back to Santa Monica on April 5, 2013.  She was booked on charges of 278 PC (Child Abduction) and an outstanding 459 PC (Burglary Warrant) under booking #3506155.  Bail was set at $150,000.00.  Johns Arraignment was today at the LAX Airport Court.   



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