Conviction in kidnapping of Orangevale woman

District Attorney Jan Scully recently announced that Joseph Sullivan was convicted by jury of six felony charges, including kidnapping for extortion with bodily injury, burglary, robbery, and carjacking.  

In December 2010, a 68 year-old nurse was leaving her Orangevale home to go to work in the morning when she was attacked by Sullivan, who was wearing a ski mask. Sullivan made the victim call her work on her cell phone to tell them she would be late, and then forced her back into her home.  He then made her call her bank to raise her ATM limit and turn over her PIN number. 

Sullivan tied the victim to a chair and forced her to drink alcohol until she passed out.  Concerned co-workers found the victim three hours later still tied to the chair.  She was transported to a local hospital, where it was determined that she had suffered a heart attack.  Meanwhile, a bulletin had been put out for the victim’s stolen vehicle.  Within thirty minutes, sheriff’s deputies located Sullivan, the victim’s stolen property, and the vehicle.  Subsequent investigation including DNA analysis by the District Attorney’s Crime Lab linked Sullivan to the crime scene and the ski mask used in the crime.

Deputy District Attorney Matthew Chisholm states, “This case represents the worst nightmare for many women because it was random and unprovoked.  Thanks to the bravery of the victim, the foresight of her co-workers, and the hard work of the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, this defendant has been caught and will be held accountable.”  

Sullivan faces life in prison. Sentencing is set for September 9, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. in Department 31 before the Honorable Michael P. Kenny.