Arizona police arrest man in kidnapping of 94-year-old woman, locking her in trunk of car

Arizona police arrest man in kidnapping of 94-year-old woman, locking her in trunk of car
Ian Nielsen, 25, was arrested on five counts, including kidnapping of a 94-year-old Arizona woman he allegedly locked in the trunk of her car. (Image source: video screenshot)

Police arrested an Arizona man on Tuesday in connection with last week’s robbery and kidnapping of a 94-year-old Scottsdale woman.

“He had done this for drugs and need for money,” Scottsdale Police Violent Crimes Unit Sgt. Hugh Lockerby told KTVK-TV.

Ian Michael Nielsen, 25, admitted his involvement in the abduction of the elderly woman, according to Maricopa Court documents. His bond is set at $1 million.

What happened?

According to the court documents, at around 6 a.m. on Nov. 7 , the suspect knocked on the door of the victim’s home. She opened the door and he forced his way inside, then demanded cash from her.

The woman told police that she complied with Nielsen’s demands for money. She said the suspect then forced her outside to her vehicle, where he bound her with duct tape and zip ties and placed her in the trunk of her car.

About five hours later, the suspect abandoned the car in a shopping center parking lot.

The woman eventually freed herself from the trunk of her car and got help from witnesses nearby who called 911.

Is the woman OK?

First responders transported the victim to a hospital where she received treatment for a broken sternum.

Her injuries were consistent with the description of her being bound with duct tape, according to court documents. The elderly woman has since been released and is “doing well,” KTVK reported.

What are the possible charges?

Authorities charged Nielsen with suspicion of attempted second-degree murder, kidnapping, robbery, car theft and aggravated assault.

Court documents showed that Nielsen is a veteran of the U.S. Marines and works for a security company. He is currently homeless and living in a hotel. He told police he was planning to move to Colorado.