Authorities have arrested a father and daughter who they are saying kidnapped and robbed a North Las Vegas girl at gunpoint, earlier than driving her throughout state traces to California and holding her in opposition to her will.
Captain Eduardo Hernandez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Major Crime Bureau introduced throughout a press convention on Friday that Stanley Alfred Lawton and his 22-year-old daughter Shaniya Poche Lawton had been arrested and charged for their alleged connection to the kidnapping.
Hernandez mentioned that Stanley, 54, and Shaniya knew the girl they allegedly kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint from the North Las Vegas space on or about Oct. 30th. He declined to share how the trio knew one another.
The father and daughter then drove the girl to Palmdale, California, the place they allegedly held her in opposition to her will in a room inside a home for at the least a week, sexually assaulted her, and then launched her, leaving her for lifeless with no meals or water.
During the kidnapping, the suspects additionally allegedly robbed her, although Hernandez shunned discussing particular particulars.
It just isn’t instantly clear if Stanley and Shaniya have obtained authorized illustration but.
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The investigation into the “vicious case” was launched earlier this week after the feminine sufferer was found by Military Police Officers within the north gate of Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California, Hernandez mentioned.
The girl was “in a disheveled state and in need of emergency medical attention” when officers discovered her, in response to a press launch from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Hernandez additionally famous within the press convention that the girl, who’s in her 40s, had been “suffering from the elements” and was “lucky to be alive” after the traumatic encounter.
She was instantly transported to a native hospital and medically handled.
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Shortly after her discovery on Wednesday, Stanley was arrested. His daughter was taken into custody on the next day, in response to inmate data obtained by PEOPLE.
Jail data point out that bail was set at $1 million for Stanley and he was scheduled to look in courtroom on Friday. As for Shaniya, her bail was additionally set at $1 million, with a courtroom look scheduled for Nov. 12.
Stanley is at present being held on the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles, whereas Shaniya is on the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office confirmed that the pair face expenses of kidnapping to commit theft, kidnapping from exterior the state, tried homicide, forcible rape, and three counts of first-degree theft involving ATMs, in response to NBC 4 and KTLA.
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As the Sheriff’s Department works with the FBI and the North Las Vegas Police Department, Hernandez mentioned the suspects might face federal prosecution since they allegedly transported the girl throughout state traces.
Hernandez additionally added that the investigation is ongoing and whereas they’ve two main suspects, they’re trying into whether or not Stanley and Shaniya had any accomplices.
He mentioned, at the moment, the alleged abduction “doesn’t seem to point to any type of revenge.”
Anyone with data concerning the incident is requested to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at (213) 229-1700. Those wishing to stay nameless can name “Crime Stoppers” at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).
If you or somebody you realize has been sexually assaulted, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to on-line.rainn.org.