A California man and his daughter were arrested after they were accused of kidnapping and raping a woman then leaving her to die in the desert.
Fox News reports Stanley Alfred Lawton,54, and his daughter, Shaniya Poche Lawton,22, were arrested Friday after they allegedly kidnapped a Las Vegas woman in her 40s, raped then tied her with duct tape and left the woman for dead in the Antelope Valley desert. The victim was rescued by military personnel Wednesday while they were performing a routine sweep of the area near Edwards Air Force Base Camp.
Officials say the woman was left without food, water and suffered from being exposed to the elements in the desert. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The father-daughter duo allegedly kidnapped the victim at gunpoint on Oct.30 and took her to their home in Palmdale, California.
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She was kept in a room where the pair repeatedly raped her and forced her to take out money at various ATMs. The Los Angeles County Sheriff Office did not disclose how much money was stolen from the victim. The pair knew the woman but a motive is currently unknown. Stanley was arrested Wednesday and his daughter was placed into custody early Thursday.
The pair faces kidnapping, robbery, attempted murder, rape and three counts of first-degree robbery. They may appear in federal court due to the victim being transported across state lines. A court date is scheduled for Nov.12.