Northridge Suspect on Video Crossing into Mexico – Chris Wolfe Reports
LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Recently obtained video shows the man suspected in the kidnapping and assault of a 10-year-old Northridge girl crossing into Mexico, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said at a press conference Friday.
In the video, Tobias Dustin Summers, 32, can be seen crossing a footbridge into Tecate, Mexico, a few days ago.
It was unclear if he ever crossed back, the chief said.
The LAPD is working with the FBI and Mexican officials to apprehend Summers.
Prosecutors filed charges Wednesday against Summers and another man suspected in the kidnapping.
The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office charged Summers with kidnapping a minor under 14, first-degree burglary with a person present and nearly three dozen counts of sexual assault.
Prosecutors say that Summers broke into the home and used a knife to abduct the girl.
They allege that Summers repeatedly assaulted the victim over a 12-hour period.
If convicted, Summers is facing multiple life terms in prison.
29-year-old Daniel Martinez, of West Hills, was also charged with felony counts of kidnapping a minor under the age of 14 and first-degree burglary.
Martinez was arrested about two miles from the girl’s home.
On night of the March 27 kidnapping, Martinez was allegedly waiting in a car when Summers emerged from the girl’s home with the 10-year-old victim.
Martinez allegedly drove a short way before leaving the car.
The victim was found nearly 12 hours later at the corner of Canoga Avenue and Oxnard Street, barefoot and with visible injuries.
Authorities said she was in shock, and was suffering from facial bruising and lacerations.
The girl told police she was taken to several locations, including a vacant house and a storage facility, all within blocks of each other.
Prosecutors asked that his bail be set at $150,000. If convicted, Martinez is facing up to 12 years in state prison.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the LAPD hotline at 213-486-6890.