Sheriff: Father, daughter abducted, raped woman ‘left to die’ in Mojave Desert

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — A man and his daughter abducted and raped a Las Vegas woman, taking her to California and holding her about a week before she was “left to die” outside Edwards Air Force Base in California’s Mojave Desert, investigators said.

Among the charges against Stanley Lawton, 54, and his daughter Shaniya Poche-Lawton, 22, were kidnapping to commit 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 Nov. 6, according to Capt. Eddie Hernandez of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

“She’s very lucky to be alive” after she was found by chance, Hernandez said. She had been dumped without food or water, he said. It’s not clear how long she had been in the desert, he said.

The woman was treated at a hospital and released, Hernandez said.

The suspects abducted the woman at gunpoint around Oct. 30 and, at some point, took her to a house in Palmdale, California. She was with them for “at least a week,” Hernandez said at a news conference on Friday, Nov. 8. Investigators believe the house belongs to Lawton, he said.

“At some point, she was sexually assaulted,” Hernandez said.

The woman, who is in her 40s, knew the two, Hernandez said. Investigators didn’t immediately release a motive, and “there’s a lot of stuff” they still have to sort out, Hernandez said Friday.

Lawton was arrested Wednesday and Poche-Lawton early Thursday, Hernandez said. They both face seven charges, including three of ATM robbery.

CNN was not immediately able to identify an attorney for the suspects.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials were working with the North Las Vegas Police Department and the FBI on the case, and the two suspects could face federal charges, Hernandez said.

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