8-year-old kidnapped from Cayucos, felon arrested
September 10, 2016
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.