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Duo Accused Of Leaving Woman In Remote Area With No Clothes Will Stand Trial

An all-day preliminary hearing was held Wednesday for two people accused of kidnapping a woman and leaving her with almost no clothes in the cold woods east of Eskimo Hill last November. RPD Investigators say the victim was familiar with her captors, who accused her of stealing drugs. The ordeal began when the 25-year-old woman was reportedly forced into a van in the area of Mistletoe Lane and Victor Avenue by 33-year-old Johanna Knighton and 45-year-old Fred Sanderson. The victim was reportedly physically assaulted by Sanderson while Knighton drove the van east on Highway 44. They turned off the highway onto a seldom-used road in the Hat Creek area and drove about 6 miles into the forest. That’s where the victim was allegedly forced to remove her clothing and was left to fend for herself in winter weather with only a pair of shorts to wear. She had no idea where she was and had no way of getting help. As rain and snow fell and temperatures dropped with nightfall, the woman took shelter inside a burned out tree and tried to cover herself with wood chips. She was saved the next day when a group of people showed up in the area looking for a Christmas tree. Suffering from exposure and frostbite, the victim was transported to a Redding hospital and is still recovering. Knighton and Sanderson were arrested in the days that followed, and are in jail on bail of a Million Dollars each. They’ll be tried for conspiracy, attempted murder, kidnapping, torture and robbery. Trial dates will be set February 15th.