Amber, Blue and Silver Alerts: What you need to know
A woman who prompted a multi-county Amber Alert was arrested on Wednesday after she allegedly kidnapped her 1-year-old son at knifepoint during a supervised visit at a Paso Robles park.
The child was found safe, and Rashawna Bullock, 25, and her mother, Serbina Bullock, 50, both of rural Paso Robles, were taken into custody near Calabasas after they allegedly abducted him from a San Luis Obispo County Child Welfare Services worker, according to police.
Rashawna Bullock, who was holding her son, Namaste Dix, allegedly brandished a knife about 9:15 a.m. and demanded the child welfare worker’s cell phone, said Sgt. Tod Rehner of the Paso Robles Police Department.
When he didn’t comply, Bullock — who drove herself to the visit — fled with Namaste in a car thought to have been driven by her mother, 50-year-old Serbina Bullock, Rehner said.
County Child Welfare Services has custody of the child, and officials were concerned for his safety, Rehner said.
The child welfare worker called 911 immediately following the incident, and the CHP issued the Amber Alert about 2 p.m.
The CHP deactivated the Amber Alert about 2:41 p.m. and said Namaste had been located.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies began searching for the Bullocks’ vehicle when the alert was issued and found the car near Calabasas, Rehner said.
Deputies stopped the vehicle, and Rashawna Bullock attempted to flee on foot before she was apprehended, Rehner said.
Namaste was found to be safe, and the Bullocks were taken into custody. They were arrested on suspicion of parental abduction, attempted robbery and criminal threats, Rehner said.
Paso Robles police detectives will travel to the area to interview the Bullocks, he said. Namaste will be transported back to San Luis Obispo County.