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Man Charged in Kidnapping, Rape of Mall Employee

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — An 18-year-old Lancaster man was charged Monday with more than a dozen felony counts, including forcible rape and kidnapping, in connection with a July Fourth attack outside the Westfield Topanga Mall.

Kioki Ray Snowden faced four counts of forcible rape, three counts of identity theft and two counts of kidnapping to commit another crime, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

He was also charged with 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.

An arraignment hearing for Snowden was scheduled for July 29.

Snowden was accused of kidnapping a mall employee at knifepoint as she walked to her car in the parking lot.

He then allegedly held the teen hostage for three hours.

He directed her to drive to multiple locations in the San Fernando Valley, Pasadena and downtown Los Angeles, police said.

Snowden allegedly 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 allegedly sexually assaulted by the suspect, authorities said.

If convicted as charged, Snowden faced a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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