The Long Beach Police Department and the U.S. Fugitive Task Force found Sri Johnston outside the Q Restaurant and Sports Bar in Oceanside. Witnesses say she was in the parking lot using jumper cables trying to start her tan-colored Saturn. The vehicle had been the subject of an Amber Alert issued about an hour earlier.
Someone apparently recognized the car and the license plate and called police. Johnston and her 12-year-old son Nicholas, had just eaten at the restaurant before walking back to the parking lot.
Johnston was arrested and taken into custody without further incident. Nicholas was not harmed. He was driven back to Long Beach to be reunited with his father.
Long Beach police said the boy had been picked up at school by his mother on Wednesday but never came home. The boy’s father finally reported the boy missing after realizing Johnston was not returning him.