Police say a Dad and a daughter kidnapped a Girl in Las Vegas and held her for Many Years before she was Discovered in the Southern California desert
A father and a daughter have been arrested in the kidnapping and sexual assault of a female in Las Vegas, holding her for many years before she was discovered in the Southern California desert, police said.
Stanley Alfred Lawton, 54, and Shaniya Poche Lawton, 22, are each being held on $1 million bond, jail records show. The dad is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.
Military personnel found that the victim near the entry to Edwards Air Force Base, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. The FBI is investigating the abduction with Los Angeles County and Las Vegas-area authorities.
The case could be transferred to federal court because the victim was taken across state lines, but only state charges have been filed thus far.
The Lawtons every face charges of kidnapping to commit a robbery, attempted murder, kidnapping from outside the country, forcible rape and three counts of first-degree ATM robbery, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. A spokesman didn’t have additional information about the situation.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Marvin Crowder said the bureau detained the Lawtons, but he didn’t have more info.
North Las Vegas police were collecting information and did not immediately have comment. Air Force officials couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
It wasn’t clear if the Lawtons had attorneys who may speak on their behalf.
The case was first reported by KNBC TV station in Los Angeles.