Authorities Expand Search for Kidnapped Woman to Lytle Creek Area

Authorities Expand Search for Kidnapped Woman to Lytle Creek Area

MONROVIA, Calif. – The search for a missing woman has expanded from the Mt. Baldy area to also include the Lytle Creek area, authorities said.

On Monday, July 29, 2019, at around 8:15 a.m. Monrovia Police responded to a report of domestic violence in the 600 block of Vaquero Road in the City of Monrovia. When they arrived they found evidence of an assault but they believe that the victim was kidnapped and taken against her will in a 2017 grey Toyota Prius. The victim was identified as Amanda Kathleen Custer, 31, and the suspect was identified as Robert Anthony Camou, 27.

On Tuesday, July 20, 2019, the gray Prius was located on Hill and 2nd Street in downtown Los Angeles. Officers made contact with the occupant, believed to be Camou. He was not compliant with officers and refused to get out of the vehicle. LAPD Special Weapons and Tactics — SWAT, was dispatched to the scene to assist in apprehending the suspect. 

When they arrived, numerous attempts were made for the occupant of the vehicle, later confirmed to be Camou to exit the vehicle and cooperate. At around 7:45 a.m., a chemical agent was used to get Camou to get out of the vehicle. The use of the chemical agent was successful leading to Camou exiting his vehicle. Camou was treated medically for the exposure to the chemical agent, and was subsequently booked into jail and is being held without bail for an unrelated no-bail domestic violence and burglary warrant. 

Authorities are collecting evidence from the vehicle for any clues as to the whereabouts of Amanda Kathleen Custer. At this time authorities said that they do not know the status of Custer’s wellbeing and are concerned that she may be in grave danger. She is described as a White female, 5’08” tall, and 140 pounds. She has brown hair and green eyes. 

“LASD Homicide Investigators are aware of a video being circulated that depicts Suspect Camou rapping,” sheriff’s officials said.  “Investigators are encouraging anyone present during the recording or saw Suspect Camou the evening of July 29th/30th, 2019, to please contact Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.”

Authorities are asking that anyone who was in the Mount Baldy or Lytle Creek area on Monday, July 29, 2019, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., that seen Camou or Custer or the Toyota Prius are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau. Camou, according to authorities is familiar with both areas. “We are asking the community to remain vigilant and keep an eye out for Amanda Custer,”sheriff’s officials said.


If you have any information on Amanda Custer’s whereabouts or any information about this incident, you are encouraged to call 323-890-5500, or ANONYMOUSLY at 800-222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website

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