LOS ANGELES – An 18-year-old Lancaster man has been charged with more than a dozen felony counts in connection with a 4th of July attack outside the Westfield Topanga Mall, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
Kioki Ray Snowden is charged with four counts of forcible rape, three counts of identity theft and two counts of kidnapping to commit another crime. He also faces one count each of second-degree robbery, sexual penetration by foreign object, forcible oral copulation, sodomy by use of force and second-degree commercial burglary.
The complaint includes special allegations that Snowden used a deadly weapon, a knife, in the commission of the offense; kidnapped and bound the victim; and substantially increased the risk of harm to the victim through movement.
The charges stem from an incident on July 4 when a 19-year-old female victim was allegedly kidnapped at knifepoint when she returned to her parked car at the mall.
The assailant forced the victim into her car and held her hostage for about three hours, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. During this time, the suspect forced the victim to drive him to multiple locations in the San Fernando Valley, Pasadena and downtown Los Angeles areas, LAPD officials said. The suspect also robbed and raped the victim, officials said.
Days after the incident, the LAPD released surveillance photos of the suspect and asked for the public’s help in solving the case. On July 11, police served a warrant at Snowden’s Lancaster residence, where evidence was recovered, LAPD officials said.
Snowden was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and rape and jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.
He appeared for an arraignment on July 15, but the hearing was postponed to July 29 in Department 100 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Van Nuys Branch.
Snowden’s bail was raised to $9.045 million. If convicted of the charges, Snowden faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
(Information via the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office and the Los Angeles Police Department.)
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