Police say a suburban Las Vegas woman Hauled to California by father-and-daughter kidnappers was found alive after a harrowing, weeklong kidnapping where she Had Been raped, robbed and left for dead in the desert
A suburban vegas woman dragged to California by father-and-daughter kidnappers was found cold but alive following a harrowing, weeklong kidnapping where she had been raped, robbed and left for dead in the desert, police said.
Stanley Alfred Lawton, 54, and Shaniya Nicole Poche-Lawton, 22, dumped the girl off a street near Edwards Air Force Base north of Los Angeles, where she was discovered by military personnel early Wednesday, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Capt. Eduardo Hernandez told reporters Friday.
“It’s a vicious case,” Hernandez said.
While officials said Lawton and Poche-Lawton knew the victim, police didn’t offer a motive for the attack. It could not immediately be determined if the group had attorneys yet who could speak on their behalf.
The girl in her 40s was kidnapped in North Las Vegas on Oct. 30, Hernandez said.
“It’s at gunpoint, it’s by force, the victim is then transported across state lines, held in a house inside of a room for at least a week,” he explained. “At some point, she was sexually assaulted and then left for dead.”
Authorities said the girl, who had been dumped in the desert without food or water, had been suffering from cold and exposure when military police found her near the sprawling military base. She was treated at a hospital and released, and she has since returned to Nevada.
“She’s very lucky to be alive,” Hernandez said.
It is not clear how long the girl was in the desert or her abductors released her. Although she had been robbed, police say no ransom was demanded for her release.
After kidnapping her at gunpoint, police say Lawton and his daughter took her into his house in Palmdale, California. They’re accused of sexually assaulting her on Sunday.
They also accused of robbing her at ATMs on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, according to court records. Authorities wouldn’t say how much cash was taken.
Lawton was detained Wednesday, and his daughter was taken into custody early the following morning.
Lawton and Poche-Lawton were detained on bond of $4.5 million and $3.5 million, respectively, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
They each face charges of kidnapping to commit a robbery, attempted murder, kidnapping from outside the nation, rape and three counts of first-degree ATM robbery, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
The case could be transferred to federal court because the victim was taken across state lines. The FBI is investigating the abduction with Los Angeles County and North Las Vegas police.
North Las Vegas police were collecting information and did not immediately have comment. Air Force officials couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.