Man accused of abducting 94-year-old woman from her Scottsdale home appears in court

- A 25-year-old man has been arrested, in connection with an alleged home invasion and abduction of a 94-year-old woman.

The incident happened on November 7, and a sketch of the suspect was released on November 9. The suspect, identified by police as Ian Nielsen, was taken into custody at approximately 11:00 a.m. Tuesday. News of Nielsen's arrest was announced Tuesday evening.


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According to police, Nielsen was taken into custody, without incident. Nielsen is reportedly being held on charges of alleged attempted second degree murder, alleged aggravated assault, alleged kidnapping, and alleged robbery.

Nielsen made his first court appearance on Wednesday, inside the 4th Avenue Jail. According to police, they arrested Nielsen after they matched fingerprints found inside the victim's car to Nielsen's fingerprints, from a background check he underwent to become a security guard.

Police reportedly discovered Nielsen was staying at the Grand Canyon University in Hotel in West Phoenix, and arrested him in Tempe on Tuesday, after following him.

Nielsen is reportedly a former Marine who had started working for Alexis Security in Scottsdale, just three weeks ago. Officials with the company said Nielsen has not shown up for work in a week, and adds:

"On Tuesday, November 14, our company was made aware by the Scottsdale Police Department that an employee had harmed a person in Scottsdale. The employee was promptly fired. While the person was not working on company time, it was and is conduct outrageously unbecoming of the reputation for integrity and service our company provides."

Bail is set at $1 million, and Nielsen is due back in court on November 21.

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