A California father and daughter are accused of kidnapping a Nevada woman who detains her for about a week and then leaves her dead in the desert.
The victim in his forties was found Wednesday by police officers of the US Air Force in the Antelope Valley desert near Edwards Air Force Base north of Los Angeles.
She was cold, disoriented and suffered from the elements when she was found, Captain Eduardo Hernandez of Los Angeles The County Sheriff's Department said at a press conference on Friday.
He said that the officials did a "routine check" when they found them. "She is very fortunate to be alive," he said.
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Stanley Alfred Lawton (54) and his daughter Shaniya Nicole Poche-Lawton (22) were arrested for robbery, robbery, attempted murder and abduction from outside the state. Rape and three cases of first-degree ATM robbery.
Lawton and his daughter abducted the woman from a store in Las Vegas on or about October 30, Hernandez said. According to a criminal complaint, they were armed with semi-automatic handguns. The victim was put in a car and taken to Lawton's house in Palmdale, California.
The woman was held in a room in the house for about a week, where she was sexually assaulted and forced to withdraw money from her bank. According to Hernandez, she was left "dead" in the desert, without food or water.
Hernandez said Lawton and Poche-Lawton knew the victim, but they are not related to her. He told reporters he was not sure why the suspects released the victim.
According to Hernandez, the woman was taken to a hospital and has since been released.
"It's a vicious case," he said. I do not know how long the woman was in the desert before she was found.
Lawton was arrested at his home on Wednesday and is being held with $ 4.5 million in bail. His daughter was arrested on Thursday and is being held on bail of $ 1
Both are due to appear in court on Tuesday. No lawyer was listed for them in the court records.
Eric Leonard contributed.