Phone Tip Led to Northridge Kidnapping Suspect’s Capture – Chris Burrous Reports

LOS ANGELES — A phone tip, perhaps prompted by a $25,000 reward, led investigators to the man suspected in the kidnapping and assault of a 10-year-old Northridge girl, authorities said.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said authorities received the information late Tuesday night about Tobias Dustin Summers, roughly three weeks after surveillance footage captured Summers crossing into Tecate, Mexico.

Authorities then focused their search south of the border, he said, where the FBI offered a “highly publicized” $25,000 reward.

Baja California state police arrested Summers, 32, Wednesday morning at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center at Las Misiones, a small community about 200 miles south of the border, according to Alfredo Arenas, commander of the Baja California state police fugitive squad.