Los Angeles

Amber Alert Over as Police Say No Teen Abduction Occurred

Police said Friday they were investigating whether a crime was actually committed in the suspected abduction of a 16-year-old boy, which spurred an Amber Alert for two Southern California counties.

Authorities said Friday night 31-year-old Kandice Johnson, who was named the suspected abductor, was taken into custody in San Bernardino.

Highway patrol officials issued the alert late Thursday night for the teen, who was allegedly abducted from South Los Angeles by Johnson, who they considered armed and dangerous, according to the Los Angeles Police Department 77th Division.

The search for a black Toyota Camry, which police said Johnson allegedly carjacked with the boy in the backseat, spanned numerous counties.

LAPD announced Friday night that the suspect vehicle was recovered in San Bernardino and that Johnson was in custody.

Police say they have not yet found the boy, but no longer think he was the victim of a crime, calling off the Amber Alert.

Johnson had allegedly carjacked a black 2014 Toyota Camry from the teen's mother at gunpoint around 4 p.m. Thursday at 47th and Figueroa streets.

The boy's mother alleged that Johnson, whom she knows, drove off in her car with her son inside, Los Angeles police said.

"The (mother) told the officers that she wasn't sure if the suspect actually knew that there was a child in the car because the windows are tinted very dark on the back," Los Angeles police Detective Meghan Aguilar said late Friday morning.

"So we're still not sure what her intention was, although at this time we believe her intention was to steal the car and not kidnap the child that was in the vehicle."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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