A man and his daughter who allegedly kidnapped a woman in Las Vegas, then robbed, raped and assaulted her before dumping her in the desert near Edwards Air Force Base were behind bars Friday.
Details of the alleged crime spree were expected to be released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at an afternoon news conference. NBC4 reported that the victim was abducted a week ago and held for ransom before being bound with duct tape and left to die in the Antelope Valley desert. She was found Wednesday by Air Force police officers near the military base, the station reported.
Stanley Lawton, 54, and Shaniya Poche-Lawton, 22, were charged with one count each of kidnapping to commit robbery, kidnapping from outside the state, attempted murder and forcible rape, along with three counts each of first-degree ATM robbery, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Stanley Lawton was ordered to remain jailed in lieu of $4.5 million bail pending his first court appearance in connection with the case Tuesday, when his daughter is also due in court for arraignment.
He was arrested Wednesday by deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Palmdale station, and his daughter was arrested early Thursday, jail records show.
According to NBC4, which was the first to report the alleged crimes, the victim was kidnapped from a Las Vegas business on Nov. 1. She was initially held captive in Nevada, then placed in the trunk of a car and eventually taken to a location in Palmdale, Channel 4 reported, citing unnamed law enforcement sources.
According to the NBC4 report, the woman told investigators were captives repeatedly beat and sexually assaulted her, and forced her to withdraw money from her bank account.