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Shrieking Amber Alert Goes Out For Kidnapped Long Beach Boy
Did you just get an alarming and shrieking alert on your cell phone? The CHP sent out an amber alert today throughout L.A. in hopes of catching the woman who allegedly kidnapped a Long Beach boy.
Nicholas Johnston is the 12-year-old boy who was kidnapped on March 6 in Long Beach and described as white, 4 feet 8 inches tall, 80 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes, according to the CHP. Authorities tweeted out that people should be on the lookout for the suspect, 48-year-old Sri Johnston, a white woman who is 5 feet 1 inches tall, 125 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Their relationship has not been disclosed yet, according to KABC.
!!!!!!AMBERT ALERT CORRECTION!!!!!— CHP Headquarters (@CHP_HQ) March 10, 2014
Suspect-Sri Johnston, 49yr old, white FEMALE, 5ft 1in, 125lbs, brown hair, brown eyes.
CHP asks people to keep an eye out for a tan 4-door Saturn with a California license plate #4AUU679. They earlier made the mistake of identifying Sri Johnston as a man, but quickly made the correction that the suspect is female.
Although the AP reports these amber alerts go out out to people who are geographically in an area, the CHP once tweeted that amber alerts only go out to phones registered in California. Most newer phones already have this alert activated in their system; however, you can choose to opt out of these alerts. But don't worry, you won't be charged for the alert and the folks sending it out can only message with 90 characters.
If you have any information regarding this abduction, call the Long Beach Police Department at (562) 570-9650.
Update 3/11, 9:00 a.m.: Prosecutors filed criminal charges against Sri Johnston on Monday with one count of kidnapping and one count of child custody deprivation, according to a press release from L.A. County District Attorney's Office.
The mother had picked up her son on March 5 for a midweek visit, but didn't take him to school the next day. (According to CBS Los Angeles, the boy's father has primary custody of his son.) They were found days later in Oceanside and the boy has since been reunited with his father, reported the L.A. Times.
She will be arraigned in court this week and if convicted, faces the maximum sentence of 13 years and eight months in state prison, according to the press release.
Update 3/10, 3:23 p.m.: The U.S. Marshal's fugitive force took Sri Johnston was into custody at 2:40 p.m. in Oceanside, according to City News Service. Nancy Pratt of the Long Beach Police Department said the boy is safe.
Update 3/10, 2:20 p.m.: The L.A. Times reported that Sri Johnston is the boy's mother and she allegedly kidnapped the boy from his home.