LANCASTER – A 19-year-old man accused of kidnapping the mother of his child and keeping her captive inside a Palmdale apartment for more than a week has been charged with multiple felonies.
Giovanni Grey McKinnis was charged Tuesday with kidnapping, false imprisonment by violence, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, making criminal threats and two counts of corporal injury to child’s parent. McKinnis also faces a misdemeanor count of disobeying a domestic relations court order, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The complaint further alleges that McKinnis personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, a knife, and that McKinnis personally inflicted great bodily injury upon his victim under circumstances involving domestic violence.
McKinnis allegedly kidnapped and falsely imprisoned the mother of his child from Dec. 27, 2013, to Jan. 4, according to Deputy District Attorney Theodore Swanson. During that period, the victim was threatened, beaten and punched by McKinnis, resulting in her jaw being broken, the prosecutor added.
Sheriff’s detectives said the victim’s mother witnessed the kidnapping, but did not call police because she was in fear of McKinnis. The crime was made known to detectives on Saturday, Jan. 4, when the victim’s father reported her missing to the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station, detectives said.
That day, deputies detained McKinnis at an apartment in the 1100 block of E. Avenue Q-4 in Palmdale.
“The victim was found by deputies cowering; apparently due to fear, threats, and assault, underneath the mattress in a void area of a bed in one of the rooms,” sheriff’s detectives said in a previously issued press release. Read it here.
McKinnis appeared in an Antelope Valley courtroom Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 7) and pleaded not guilty to all charges. A preliminary hearing on the case is set for Friday, January 17.
If convicted as charged, McKinnis faces a maximum sentence of 16 years in state prison.
The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
UPDATED 1/17/14: A preliminary court hearing for Giovanni McKinnis was scheduled for today at Antelope Valley courthouse, however, the hearing was postponed until Monday, Jan. 27, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
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