8-year-old kidnapped from Cayucos, felon arrested

September 10, 2016
Tonya Langshaw

Tonya Langshaw

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff deputies arrested a Pebble Beach woman with a long criminal history Saturday for allegedly kidnapping an 8-year-old Cayucos boy from his home on the 3400 block of Davis Avenue, according to a sheriff’s department press release.

At 6:32 a.m., the father of the boy called 911 to report his son had been kidnapped by an acquaintance, Tonya Montgomery. The father told deputies that Montgomery had driven away from his home with his son and her two children in a grey Mercedes.

The father told deputies he did not know why Montgomery had taken his son.

Sheriff deputies then broadcasted a “be on the lookout” report for Montgomery, whose real name is Tonya Langshaw, to other law enforcement agencies.

At 7:25 a.m., State Park rangers stopped Langshaw’s vehicle in San Simeon.

All three children were unharmed and turned over to employees of San Luis Obispo County Child Welfare Services.

Officers arrested Tonya Lynn Langshaw, 45, and booked her into the San Luis Obispo County Jail for felony kidnapping with her bail set at $100,000.

Langshaw’s arrest on Saturday was not her first brush with law enforcement.

After a previous conviction of felony vandalism, in 2010, Langshaw was sentenced to 270 days in jail for three different criminal cases, according to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office.

In one case, Langshaw was convicted of arson after she set fire to a vacation rental during a dispute over the ownership of the house with a former business partner and the father of one of her children. Investigators determined the smoke detectors had been removed from the home before the fire was set.

In the second case, Langshaw was convicted of perjury in a welfare fraud case. In 2009, Langshaw applied for welfare while concealing child support payments, income from several businesses she owned in Carmel and rental payments from several properties.

Langshaw was also found guilty of delaying or obstructing a peace officer during an arrest on suspicion of child endangerment and methamphetamine possession.


She is like the Teflon Don. This is Not her first offense. She is well know for her unlawfulness in the community she lives in and seems to get away with a lot of stuff. She reminds me of Hillary Clinton. I’m hoping Karma will finally catch up with her and her kids get to be raised with some sane people.


There is a story going around that the child was allegedly autistic, CPS did not respond to reports of abuse and this lady was taking this child along with hers for breakfast. After a huge nasty fight with the dad. Who knows the real story?


I’d be willing to believe that story if it wasn’t for the laundry list of other criminal activities that she has partaken in.


Seems like she has an anger management problem. She’ll be dealt with. Hopefully somebody is going to be paying attention to the child she took. If the dad was involved with her, then what does it say about him.


All you need to know is that she is a meth head.


Meth means she’s crazy. So why is the dad with a meth head. That’s my point. She needs to do time, but somebody needs to keep an eye on the little boy. Dad doesn’t seem to have good judgement.


What is this guy doing having Tonya as an acquaintance? Sounds like he is partially responsible for placing his son in this position.


Classy lookin chick but a piece of trash underneath


I’m certainly glad that the children are safe. Well done by the Sheriff’s Deputies.

What does this woman have to do to be sent to prison?? If I was convicted of all those charges, I would be spending 5 to 7 years in prison and not 270 days in jail. The court system gives women preferential treatment while men are rarely given such lenient sentences.


It has nothing to do with gender. She had an excellent attorney.


She tried to burn down a house. That was felony arson.