LOS ANGELES : Man Pleads Not Guilty to Kidnaping Woman

A Michigan man pleaded not guilty in federal court Monday to the kidnaping at gunpoint of a Val Verde real estate agent who was left tied up in an Arizona motel room two days later.

Timothy Daniel Shue, 38, is accused of kidnaping Paula Harrington, 26, by posing as a prospective customer at the real estate office where she worked.

Shue is being held without bail and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole if convicted. Magistrate Judge Brian Robbins set his trial for Sept. 13.

Prosecutors allege that on June 29 Shue asked Harrington to show him homes in Val Verde, a small community northwest of Santa Clarita. Shue reportedly kidnaped her after the two looked at several homes.


Harrington was found the morning of July 1 tied up in a motel in Gila Bend, Ariz., a small town about 68 miles southwest of Phoenix. Shue was arrested July 6 in Ogden, Utah, after reportedly displaying a handgun to a topless dancer in a nightclub.

Assistant U.S. Atty. Debra Yang said Shue’s actions during the three-day incident--such as allegedly forcing Harrington to withdraw money using her ATM card--left behind a trail of evidence “that we will have to follow.”