LOS ANGELES – A 19-year-old Lancaster man was sentenced Tuesday to 84 years to life in state prison for kidnapping, robbing and raping a woman on Independence Day of last year.
Kioki Ray Snowden was found guilty on July 2 of one count each of kidnapping, kidnapping to commit another crime, second-degree robbery, forcible rape, sexual penetration by foreign object, forcible oral copulation and identity theft, according to Deputy District Attorney Frederick Mesropi.
A Van Nuys jury also found true allegations of the use of a knife, kidnapping and tying and binding.
The crime occurred on July 4, 2013 outside the Westfield Topanga Mall.
Snowden kidnapped a woman at knifepoint when she returned to her parked car at the mall. He then took her to a bank parking lot in San Marino where he sexually assaulted and robbed her.
Days after the incident, LAPD officials released surveillance photos of a 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. Snowden was arrested for the crime that day.
The case was investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department Robbery-Homicide Division.
A restitution hearing is scheduled for Oct. 21 at the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Van Nuys Branch.
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