LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Nye County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man accused of kidnapping and trying to kill an elderly Pahrump woman last week.

A $5,000 reward is now being offered to the person who provides the information that leads to the arrest of the suspect, 37-year-old Ryan Sanders.

Ryan Sanders, 37, of Pahrump is wanted on charges of attempted murder and kidnapped. (Credit: NCSO)

According to the sheriff’s office, the woman was asleep in her home in the 1000 block of Enchanted Mesa Street, and sometime after 10:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21, she awoke to an unknown man attacking her who also burglarized the home. That man is believed to be Sanders.

NCSO said the woman was subjected to “repeated brutal attacks” and then forced into the back of her Honda Civic which was driven to Pahrump’s Desert View Hospital where a second suspect, Richard Duncan, 31, got into the car.

Nye County Sheriff’s Office

The NCSO said in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Nov. 22, the woman was taken to a vacant lot on Mailbou Avenue near Dandelion Street where there was an abandoned RV and where she was attacked again, lost consciousness, and was left for dead.

Hours later, the woman woke up and went to a nearby residence. The sheriff’s office was contacted and began an investigation.

NCSO said at some point after the victim was removed from her home, her second vehicle, a grayish-blue Chrysler 300, was taken.

Both vehicles reportedly stolen from victim’s home. (Credit: NCSO)

The Honda Civic was located near Elderberry and Leslie streets on Thursday, Nov. 24 and on Saturday, the Chrysler 300 was recovered and deputies took Richard Duncan into custody after evidence was located tying him to the crime, according to the NCSO.

Sanders is currently being sought. The Nye County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance with the following requests:

  • If you know Sanders’s location, please contact the NCSO via 911, or call (775) 751-7000 option 5, or email
  • Please review your surveillance systems during these times to see if any of the events were caught on video. 
  • If you saw something possibly related to any of these events or individuals please report it immediately.