Police search for woman assaulted, possibly kidnapped in Monrovia domestic violence case

A search was underway this morning for a 31-year-old woman possibly kidnapped in the course of a domestic violence assault in Monrovia.

Police found the vehicle belonging to the suspect and have blocked off Second and Hill streets in downtown Los Angeles. 

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The alleged victim was identified as 31-year-old Amanda Kathleen Custer and the suspect as 27-year-old Robert Anthony Camou, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Police found Camou sleeping in the backseat of his car covering himself with a blanket around 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Monrovia police officers responded to a report of domestic violence about 8:15 a.m. Monday in the 600 block of Vaquero Road, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

"Upon their arrival they located evidence that there was an apparent assault that had occurred,'' according to a sheriff's department statement. "Investigators believe the victim was kidnapped and taken against her will in a 2017 gray Toyota Prius, California license plate 8AOR167."

The call to police was made by Camou's parents and officers found blood at the home, sheriff's Lt. Scott Hoglund told reporters.

"These two have had a dating relationship for at least two years," Hoglund said. "There have been numerous domestic violence incidents between them."

Custer does not live at the house, it was reported.

Witnesses started they saw Camou carrying a sleeping or duffle bag that possibly contained Custer's body. Custer offered no resistance as she was placed in the rear hatch area of the Prius, Hoglund said. 

Camou is described as white, 6 feet tall, 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Custer is also white, 5 feet 8, 140 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.

Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts was urged to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS or online

CNS contributed to this report.