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UPDATE: Father, daughter officially charged with kidnapping, rape

Posted at 2:56 PM, Nov 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 08:25:06-05

UPDATE DEC. 18: Stanley Lawton and Shaniya Poche-Lawton have been officially charged with kidnapping a woman in Las Vegas at gunpoint and sexually assaulting her. The pair were arraigned in California on Tuesday. Lawton is being held on $4.5 million bail and his daughter is being held on a $3.5 million bail.

Lawton has prior convictions for attempted murder and robbery. Poche-Lawton has also had previous encounters with the law.

UPDATE NOV. 12: Stanley Lawton and Shaniya Poche-Lawton appeared in a California courtroom on Tuesday morning.

The judge confirmed that Stanley Lawton's bail is now $4.5 million and set bail at $3.3 million for Shaniya Poche-Lawton.

Shaniya's Poche-Lawton's probation was also revoked for a previous case. They are scheduled to be back in court on Dec. 17.

UPDATE NOV. 11 : Bail has been increased for the father accused of kidnapping a Las Vegas valley woman then leaving her in the desert. Stanley Lawton's bail is now $4.5 million. He and his daughter, Shaniya Poche-Lawton, are scheduled to appear in California court on Nov. 12.

UPDATE 11 P.M. NOV. 8 : While neither suspect has a criminal past here in Nevada, 13 Action News determined from court records in California that both Stanley Lawton and Shaniya Poche-Lawton have multiple prior felony convictions.

Stanley Lawton's convictions are from the 1980s but his daughter's are from the last couple of years.

Also, Nevada records show Stanley Lawton has been in court several times dealing with child custody issues. Neighbors said he has several children.

Neighbors also pointed to a Facebook page they say belongs to Stanley Lawton. He appears to also go by the name Darue Jahi or "Big Too Sweet" and frequently posts about his musical ambitions.

"He's just one of those family people, " said neighbor John Henderson. "He's got a lot of kids. He's got a lot of family. He's got a lot of friends that would never expect this from him."

Neighbors said police were seen pouring over a North Las Vegas home for evidence, taking out guns and a computer.

PREVIOUS STORY: A woman who was reportedly kidnapped from the Las Vegas area was found in California earlier this week.

The woman was found by Air Force police officers from Edwards Air Force Base in Kern County on Wednesday.

A father and daughter from North Las Vegas were arrested shortly after for the woman's kidnapping in Antelope Valley and are currently being held in the Los Angeles area.

They have been identified as 54-year-old Stanley Lawton and 22-year-old Shaniya Poche-Lawton.

They are facing charges of kidnapping to commit robbery, attempted murder, kidnapping from outside the state, forcible rape and 3 counts of first-degree ATM robbery.

The woman was transported to a California hospital to be treated for injuries. A spokesperson for Edwards Air Force Base says she was badly injured. She has not been identified.

Los Angeles FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller confirmed that the FBI are investigating the abduction in California and in the Las Vegas area.

During a press conference on Friday afternoon, local authorities said that the woman who was kidnapped is in her 40s and that the suspects had a gun when they kidnapped her. She is only identified as "Leticia F" in court documents.

She was abducted around Oct. 30 and held for several days before being released "into the elements." The suspects were taken into custody without incident.

It was also revealed that the victim knew the suspects.


The case may be moved to federal court because the victim was taken across state lines. The father and daughter are currently being held on $1 million bail each.

North Las Vegas police and the local FBI office have not returned 13 Action News' phone calls.