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Anchorage Woman Sentenced to 20 Years for Kidnapping | USAO-AK

ANCHORAGE — An Anchorage woman was sentenced today by US District Judge Joshua M. Kindred to 20 years in prison for kidnapping an 18-year-old victim.

According to court documents, 28-year-old Nellie Sherry Serradell attempted to stop several vehicles while getting in and out of traffic on Dimond Boulevard in the early hours of November 17, 2019. The 18-year-old victim was driving to work at 5:48 a.m. when Serradell ran in front of her vehicle on Dimond and C Street. The victim agreed to drive Serradell to her place of work. When they got to the parking lot, Serradell grabbed the victim and told her she had a gun and that she had to move on. After slapping the victim several times in the face, Serradell directed her to drive to a trailer park on Muldoon Road, where she sexually abused the victim. To get Serradell to stop, the victim offered to give her money, and Serradell agreed that they could drive to an ATM. While they were driving, Serradell fell asleep, and the victim stopped at his home on April 15th Avenue, quietly got out of the car, went inside and called 911. Serradell woke up, saw the victim at the gas station, and drove away in the victim’s car. Serradell was arrested the next day at a nearby motel wearing the victim’s brown Bearpaw boots. Investigators recovered the victim’s abandoned car on Boniface Parkway and found Serradell’s DNA in two spots in the passenger compartment. She pleaded guilty to federal kidnapping charges on July 25, 2022.

“The victim was trying to be a good Samaritan by helping someone who was stopping cars on the street,” said US Attorney S. Lane Tucker for the District of Alaska. “The defendant took advantage of the victim’s kindness by kidnapping and assaulting her. When individuals like the accused threaten the safety of our community, they will face some justice.”

The FBI and the Anchorage Police Department were investigating the case.

Assistant US Attorney Christopher Schroeder prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s efforts to reduce violent crime. PSN is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a wide range of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime issues in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and re-entry programs to sustainably reduce crime.

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