Nevada Woman Found Alive In Desert After Harrowing, Weeklong Kidnapping

Written by on November 10, 2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) ― A suburban Las Vegas girl dragged to California by father-and-daughter kidnappers was discovered chilly however alive after a harrowing, weeklong kidnapping the place she was raped, robbed and left for lifeless within the desert, authorities mentioned.

Stanley Alfred Lawton, 54, and Shaniya Nicole Poche-Lawton, 22, dumped the lady off a freeway close to Edwards Air Power Base north of Los Angeles, the place she was discovered by army personnel early Wednesday, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Capt. Eduardo Hernandez advised reporters Friday.

“It’s a vicious case,” Hernandez mentioned.

Whereas officers mentioned Lawton and Poche-Lawton knew the sufferer, authorities didn’t present a motive for the assault. It couldn’t instantly be decided if the pair had legal professionals but who might communicate on their behalf.

The girl in her 40s was kidnapped in North Las Vegas on Oct. 30, Hernandez mentioned.

“It’s at gunpoint, it’s by power, the sufferer is then transported throughout state traces, held in a home within a room for at the least every week,” he mentioned. “In some unspecified time in the future, she was sexually assaulted after which left for lifeless.”

Authorities mentioned the lady, who was dumped within the desert with out meals or water, was affected by chilly and publicity when army authorities discovered her close to the sprawling army base. She was handled at a hospital and launched, and he or she has since returned to Nevada.

“She’s very fortunate to be alive,” Hernandez mentioned.

It’s not clear how lengthy the lady was within the desert or why her abductors launched her. Though she was robbed, authorities say no ransom was demanded for her launch.

After kidnapping her at gunpoint, authorities say Lawton and his daughter took her to his residence in Palmdale, California. They’re accused of sexually assaulting her on Sunday.

In addition they accused of robbing her at ATMs on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, based on courtroom paperwork. Authorities wouldn’t say how a lot cash was taken.

Lawton was arrested Wednesday, and his daughter was taken into custody early the following morning.

Lawton and Poche-Lawton have been jailed on bail of $4.5 million and $3.5 million, respectively, based on the Los Angeles County district legal professional’s workplace.

They every face expenses of kidnapping to commit a theft, tried homicide, kidnapping from exterior the state, rape and three counts of first-degree ATM theft, based on the Los Angeles County district legal professional’s workplace.

The case could also be moved to federal courtroom as a result of the sufferer was taken throughout state traces. The FBI is investigating the kidnapping with Los Angeles County and North Las Vegas police.

North Las Vegas police have been gathering info and didn’t instantly have remark. Air Power officers couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.


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