This week, a father and his daughter were detained in Palmdale on suspicion of kidnapping a woman in Las Vegas, physically assaulting her and neglecting her to die.
According to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, Stanley Alfred Lawton and Shaniya Nicole Poche-Lawton both face charges of kidnapping to commit robbery, attempted murder, kidnapping from outside the state, physically abuse and 3 counts of first degree ATM robbery.
On Wednesday, military police discovered the woman near Edwards Air Force Base and she was brought to a hospital, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which supported the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Las Vegas Police Department on the incident.
“She was reported to be cold and was experiencing from the elements,” Sheriff’s Capt. Eduardo Hernandez told in a media conference on Friday afternoon.
The woman, who is in her 40s, is thought to have been kidnapped at gunpoint from North Las Vegas on or around Oct. 30 and held for a week in Stanley Lawton’s house in Palmdale. She’s since been discharged from the hospital and is now back in Las Vegas.
Stanley Lawton, 54, was detained on Wednesday afternoon and his daughter, 22, early the next morning without incident. The victim recognized her kidnappers, according to authorities, but the case “doesn’t appear to point to any type of revenge,” Hernandez told. There does not seem to have been a ransom.
Authorities think they have the primary suspects, but the case is continuing. Hernandez told it is not clear why the Lawtons freed the woman.
On Tuesday, the pair will be arraigned in the Antelope Valley.
“It’s a vicious case,” Hernandez told. “It’s at gunpoint, it’s by force — that victim is then moved across state line, held in a house inside of a room for at least a week. At some point she was physically assaulted and then left for dead. … She’s very fortunate to be alive.”