Suspect in Northridge Kidnapping Due in Court – Chris Wolfe Reports
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. (KTLA) — One of the two suspects in the kidnapping and assault of a 10-year-old Northridge girl is expected in court on Wednesday.
29-year-old Daniel Martinez, of North Hills, was arrested on Sunday and is being held on $1 million bail.
Between 2004 and 2012, Martinez was convicted burglary, petty theft, grand theft, resisting a police officer and unlawfully entering a property.
In April 2012, he was convicted of threats of death or great bodily injury, records show.
Meantime, the primary suspect in the case, identified by police as 30-year-old Tobias Dustin Summers, is still on the run. Suspect in Northridge Kidnapping Due in Court
Detectives say it’s possible that Summers could be in the San Diego area. He may also have changed his appearance by shaving his head.
San Diego police have distributed a flier warning that Summers should be considered armed and dangerous, and asking anyone who sees him to call 911 immediately.
On Saturday, investigators seized a red Pontiac registered to Summers.
Summers is a parolee with a lengthy rap sheet, including charges of kidnapping, robbery, explosives possession and petty theft. He is not a registered sex offender.
LAPD officials said he was released from custody in July 2012 under a prison realignment program to reduce overcrowding.
The program transfers some inmates from state prison to county jail to ease overcrowding.
It also means that, when they’re released, they are no longer under a stricter state parole system, but rather, a county probation system.
Police say the girl was abducted from her home sometime between 1 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. last Wednesday.
The girl told police she was taken to several locations, including a vacant house and a storage facility, all within blocks of each other.
The 10-year-old was found just before 3:00 p.m. Wednesday near Oxnard Street and Canoga Avenue.
It’s believed she was dropped off at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Woodland Hills, about six miles from her home.
She was seen wandering in a nearby parking lot and recognized by a bystander, who pointed her out to police on patrol.
Police and fire personnel were called, and they transported the girl by ambulance to West Hills Hospital to be checked out.
Authorities said she was in shock, and was suffering from facial bruising and lacerations.
She was barefoot and was not dressed in the same clothing she was last seen wearing at home.
Detectives have said they are not sure why the girl was targeted.
KTLA is no longer identifying the girl by name or in images that had been released by authorities.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the LAPD hotline at 213-486-6890.