VAN NUYS (CBSLA.com) —An 18-year-old Lancaster man was charged with more than a dozen felony counts in connection to the alleged kidnapping and rape of a Canoga Park mall employee on the Fourth of July, according to the district attorney’s office.
Kioki Ray Snowden, who was arrested Thursday, made his initial court appearance Monday in Van Nuys. His arraignment was rescheduled to July 29.
The suspect was 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.
Around 5:30 p.m. July 4, the suspect allegedly kidnapped a 19-year-old woman at knifepoint when she returned to her car at Westfield Topanga mall. Snowden then went on to sexually assault and rob the victim, police said.
Prosecutors recommended Snowden’s bail be set at $9 million.
If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.