LOS ANGELES (AP) — A father and a daughter have been arrested in the kidnapping and sexual assault of a woman in Las Vegas, holding her for several days before she was found in the Southern California desert, authorities said.
Stanley Alfred Lawton, 54, and Shaniya Poche Lawton, 22, are each being held on $1 million bail, jail records show. The father is scheduled to be arraigned in California Friday.
Stanley was arrested Wednesday afternoon and his daughter was arrested Thursday. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office, the victim knows her former captors, but are not related.
"She had been with them for at least a week or so," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Captain Eddie Hernandez said in a press conference Friday. "She was kidnapped from Las Vegas, brought here, held here for at least a week, that we know of, and held in a room."
The victim was later dumped near a highway in the desert. Military personnel found the victim near the entrance to Edwards Air Force Base, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. The FBI is investigating the abduction with Los Angeles County's Major Crimes Bureau and Las Vegas-area police.
The woman was found "suffering from the elements," Hernandez said Friday.
"It's a vicious case," Hernandez said. "It's at gunpoint by force. That victim was then transported across state lines, held in a house inside of a room for at least a week. We don't know what kind of conditions she was held in. At some point, she was sexually assaulted and then left for dead."
The case may be moved to federal court because the victim had been taken across state lines, but only state charges have been filed so far.
The Lawtons each face charges of kidnapping to commit a robbery, attempted murder, kidnapping from outside the state, forcible rape and three counts of first-degree ATM robbery, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. A spokesman did not have additional details about the case.
According to court records, Shaniya Poche Lawton has been taken into custody four times since Nov. 24, 2018, including at least two felony arrests.
Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Marvin Crowder said the agency arrested the Lawtons.
North Las Vegas police were gathering information and didn't immediately have comment. Air Force officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
It was not clear if the Lawtons had lawyers who could speak on their behalf.
The case was first reported by KNBC TV station in Los Angeles.
FOX5 contributed to this story.