Yogurt Shop Owner Gets Bail Set At $10 Million

By: Pat Prescott
Published: Aug 29, 2021

A California yogurt shop owner, who was charged with kidnapping after keeping a female employee locked in a box naked, has his bail set at $10 million.

It’s a bizarre case about a yogurt shop and the owner who lured a woman into a soundproof room where he knocked her out. When the woman awoke, she was wearing only a diaper and realized she was locked in a box. She was kept in a face down position and bound with tape and a collar around her neck.

The accused kidnapper 37-year-old Robert Yachen Lee, made an appearance before a judge on Friday where his $10 million bail was set. Prosecutors believe Lee planned the kidnapping because the storage room had recently been soundproofed. The woman freed herself and escape to a nearby optometrist’s office, where she alerted police.

Lee has been charged with a felony count of kidnapping to commit rape and attempted first-degree murder, according to Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office. If Lee is convicted, each charge carries maximum sentences of life in prison with the possibility of parole. He is set to be arraigned Sept. 16 on the charges.

In criminal law, kidnapping is the taking away or transportation of a person against that person’s will, usually to hold the person in false imprisonment, a confinement without legal authority.

In 2009, the Los Angeles Times named Phoenix, Arizona as America’s kidnapping capital, reporting that every year hundreds of ransom kidnappings occur there, virtually all within the underworld associated with human and drug smuggling from Mexico, and often done as a way of collecting unpaid debts.

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