Sherman Oaks: The Los Angeles Police Department Van Nuys Detectives announce the arrest of a suspect responsible for kidnapping.
On April 20, 2023, around 9:05 a.m., a driver for a medical transportation company parked the company van near the 15000 Block of La Maida Street. The driver exited the vehicle to pick up a passenger. The vehicle had a 93-year-old, male passenger still seated inside, when a female suspect entered the driver seat of the vehicle and drove away with the male occupant still seated inside.
The police was notified and Van Nuys Patrol Division officers were able to quickly locate the vehicle with the assistance of a Department helicopter from the Air Support Unit. The officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle; however, the suspect failed to stop, and a pursuit was initiated. During the pursuit, the suspect drove the vehicle in an extremely reckless manner.
The suspect ultimately stopped the vehicle in an alley adjacent to the 7600 Block of Tyrone Avenue where she was taken into custody without incident. After receiving medical treatment by the Los Angeles Fire Department personnel, the male passenger was reunited with his family.
The suspect was identified as 38-year-old, Lindsey Gordonellyson, and she was booked for 207 (A) PC – Kidnapping. Her bail was set at $125,000.00 (Booking No. 6589743).
Anyone with information is asked to contact LAPD Van Nuys Detectives at (818) 374-0040. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to (213) 972-2971 or 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org . Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.