LOS ANGELES – A 18-year-old Lancaster man has been arrested in connection with the July 4th kidnapping and rape of a woman attacked while leaving work at the Westfield Topanga Mall.
Kioki Ray Snowden was taken into custody Thursday for kidnapping and rape after police recovered evidence at Snowden’s home, authorities said.
According to a Los Angeles Police Department news release:
On July 4, 2013, around 5:30 p.m., a 19-year-old female victim was leaving her job at the Westfield Topanga Mall. As she stood near her car in the parking lot, the suspect approached her.
The suspect was described as an African American male in his early 20s standing around 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 140 to 160 pounds. The suspect is also described as having a fit build.
The suspect, armed with a knife, forced the victim into her car at knifepoint and held her hostage for about three hours. During this time, the suspect directed her to drive him around to multiple locations in the San Fernando Valley, Pasadena and downtown Los Angeles areas.
The suspect stole property from the victim and also gained access to her bank account through her ATM card. During the time that she was held, she was also sexually assaulted by the suspect.
Earlier this week, the LAPD released surveillance photos of the suspect and asked for the public’s help in solving the case.
“On July 11, 2013, after a week of intensive investigation, Robbery Homicide Division detectives have identified and arrested [18-year-old] Kioki Ray Snowden of Lancaster for kidnapping and rape,” the LAPD announced Friday morning.
Detectives served a warrant at Snowden’s residence where evidence was recovered, the news release states.
Snowden was taken into custody with bail set at $1 million, and the case will be filed with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office on Monday, according to the LAPD.
Anyone with information concerning this crime is urged to contact, 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).
Edited note: A previous version of this story had an incorrect age for Kioki Ray Snowden.