A man and his girlfriend were charged on Monday in the alleged torture of his sister, who was found locked in a storage shed in Lancaster by authorities earlier this month, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Elias Abdurahman, 61, and Sara Kebede Tadesse, 50, each face one count of torture, false imprisonment by violence, assault with a deadly weapon, and dependent adult abuse, prosecutors said in a news release from the DA’s office.
The weapon was a cane, and the charges included a special allegation that the pair inflicted great bodily injury.
The 54-year-old victim was discovered locked inside a storage shed in the backyard of a house in the 45000 block of East Second Street in Lancaster on Sept. 22, after sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of screaming sounds in the area, the release stated.
She was reportedly frail and malnourished, and also appeared to have new and old wounds, prosecutors said.
No information on the woman’s condition, or the extent of her injuries, was provided by the DA’s office.
Abdurahman and Tadesse were scheduled to be arraigned in the Antelope Valley Branch of L.A. Superior Court on Monday, the release stated.
If convicted on all of the charges, both defendants face a possible maximum sentence of life in prison, prosecutors said. Bail for each has been recommended at $1.1 million.