Suspect Arrested in Kidnapping, Rape of Mall Worker

A teen was arrested in connection with the kidnapping and rape of a mall worker.

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    The LAPD has arrested a man they say kidnapped and raped a 19-year-old woman when she was leaving her job at the Westfield Topanga Mall on the Fourth of July. Detectives say he has a list of prior offenses, but are unsure of the man’s motive. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from Canoga Park for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on July 12, 2013. (Published Friday, Jul 12, 2013)

    A Lancaster teenager has been arrested in connection with the kidnapping and rape of a woman who was leaving her job at the Westfield Topanga Mall, Los Angeles police said Friday.

    Kioki Ray Snowden, 19, was arrested by detectives on Thursday after they served a warrant at his home and gathered evidence, police said. He was being held on $1 million bail.

    Snowden was suspected of abducting a 19-year-old woman as she stood near her car in the mall parking lot about 5:30 p.m. on July 4.

    Investigators said the suspect forced her into her car at  knifepoint and held her hostage for about three hours as he made her drive him to several places in the San Fernando Valley and Pasadena areas, and then to downtown Los Angeles, where he got out of the car and took off.

    During her abduction, the suspect allegedly forced the woman to make a withdrawal from an ATM, and he took the cash and her jewelry.

    It was unclear where or when during the kidnapping that the sexual assault took place.

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