LOS ANGELES – A 19-year-old Lancaster man is guilty of kidnapping, robbing and raping a woman on Independence Day of last year, a Van Nuys jury ruled Wednesday.
Kioki Ray Snowden was found guilty of kidnapping, kidnapping for robbery and second-degree robbery with the special allegation that a knife was used in the crimes, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. Snowden was also found guilty of rape, sexual penetration by foreign object and forcible oral copulation, with the special allegations of kidnapping and tying and binding, Santiago stated.
Additionally, Snowden was convicted of identity theft; but the 19-year-old was acquitted of sodomy and three counts of rape, according to Santiago.
The conviction stems from an incident that occurred July 4, 2013, when a 19-year-old woman was attacked in the parking lot as she was leaving her job at the Westfield Topanga Mall.
Snowden confronted the victim at knifepoint, forced her into her car and held her hostage for about three hours, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. During this time, Snowden forced the victim to drive him to multiple locations in the San Fernando Valley, Pasadena and downtown Los Angeles areas, LAPD officials said. He also robbed and raped the victim, officials said.
Days after the incident, LAPD officials released surveillance photos of the suspect and asked for the public’s help in solving the case. On July 11, 2013, police served a warrant at Snowden’s Lancaster residence, where evidence was recovered, LAPD officials said. Snowden was arrested for the crime that day.
Snowden is scheduled to be sentenced on August 12 in a Van Nuys courtroom. He faces 65 years to life in state prison.
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