Son and accomplices arrested for holding intellectually disabled mom, brother against will

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A Pahrump man was arrested for kidnapping and falsely imprisoning his intellectually disabled mother and brother.  James Thatcher, 28, of Pahrump, Chelsea Demille, 30, of Pahrump, and Sandra Wombles, 19, of Pahrump were all arrested after it was discovered that they were holding Thatcher’s mother and brother against their will.

Thatcher’s alleged goal was to exploit them for their social security disability checks.

On Nov. 16, Nye County deputies met with the 52-year-old and 34-year-old victims who appeared dehydrated and malnourished.  They both were also had poor hygiene.  

According to police, the woman was able to tell them they had been held captive for several weeks at an apartment next door.  She told police they were restrained together in a small bedroom by her son, James Thatcher.

Thatcher’s girlfriend Chelsea Demille also lived at the home.

The woman told police, Thatcher allowed limited bathroom breaks, and only gave them one bottle of water to drink a day, along with a small amount of food. 

Due to the limited bathroom breaks, the woman and her other son would sometimes have to urinate on the floor.  The windows of the room where they were kept were blacked out, and a surveillance camera was installed in the ceiling in an effort to keep an eye on them.

The victims were had been kept in that room since Aug. 2018.

Police said Demille and Sandra Wombles helped Thatcher.

Thatcher, Demille, and Wombles are charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, and elder abuse.

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