Home Invasion and Abduction Suspect Arrested

Scottsdale, Arizona (November 14,2017) at 11:00 a.m.  Scottsdale Police Detectives arrested 25 year old Ian Michael Nielsen for his involvement in the Home Invasion and Abduction of a 94 year old female from her home in the area of 68th St and Camelback Road on November 7, 2017.17-24766-nielson

At approximately 6:00 a.m. on the morning of November 7, 2017 a male subject, now believed to be Ian Nielsen, made his way into the 94 year old female’s residence in the area of 68th Street and Camelback Road.  Once inside the residence, he went through her belongings taking several hundred dollars in cash. He then forced her into the backseat of her own car drove her around for an undetermined amount of time. At some point during the drive he stopped and bound the victim’s hands and feet with duct tape and zip ties.  Once restrained he placed her in the trunk of the car.

At approximately 7:30 a.m., he parked the car in a parking lot at Scottsdale Fashion Square and left the area. The elderly female victim was left helpless and trapped in the trunk.  At just after 1:30 p.m. that afternoon, she was able to free herself from the trunk.  As she did, she was observed by a passerby who contacted 911.

During the crime, the victim sustained several injuries to include a broken sternum. She is expected to make a full recovery, but the process will be slow.17-24766-kidnapper-composite

Countless hours have been logged over the past week in an effort to develop, locate and apprehend the suspect in this case. Witness information and forensic evidence was developed that identified Nielsen as the prime suspect. He was taken into custody without incident in Tempe at just after 11:00 a.m. on 11/14/17.  Based on this evidence and admissions by Nielsen, he is being held on charges of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Aggravated Assault, Kidnapping and Robbery. 



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