Father And Daughter Kidnapped a Woman, Raped Her And Left Her To Die In The Desert, According To Police

The victim was abandoned outside the Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert in California, according to authorities.

(CNN) – A man and his daughter kidnapped and raped a woman from Las Vegas, took her to California and held her about a week before "abandoning her to die" outside the Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert , according to the authorities.

Among the charges against Stanley Lawton, 54, and his daughter Shaniya Poche-Lawton, 22, are kidnapping to commit a robbery, attempted murder, rape and robbery, according to the complaint.


Military police found the alleged victim, cold and disoriented, outside the base during a routine patrol on November 6, according to Captain Eddie Hernandez of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.

"She is very lucky to be alive" after they found her by chance, Hernandez said. They had abandoned her without food or water, he explained. It is not clear how long the woman had been in the desert, he added.

The victim was treated in a hospital and then released, Hernandez said.

The suspects kidnapped the woman at gunpoint around October 30 and at some point took her to a house in Palmdale, California. He was with them for "at least a week," Hernandez said at a press conference on Friday. Investigators believe the house belongs to Lawton.

"At some point, she was sexually assaulted," said Hernandez.

The woman, in her 40s, knew them, said Hernandez. The researchers don't know the reason and "there are still many things" that they have to solve, he said.

Lawton was arrested on Wednesday and Poche-Lawton on Thursday, Hernandez said. Both face seven charges, including three ATM robberies.

CNN could not immediately identify a lawyer for the suspects.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's office is working with the North Las Vegas Police Department and the FBI on the case and the two suspects could face federal charges, Hernandez said.

CNN's Cheri Mossburg and Jenn Selva contributed to this report.