Northridge Kidnapping Suspect to Be Arraigned – Wendy Burch Reports
SAN FERNANDO (KTLA) — The man accused of kidnapping a 10-year-old girl from her Northridge home and sexually assaulting her is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.
Tobias Dustin Summers, 32, is charged with 37 felony counts, including kidnapping a minor under 14, first-degree burglary and nearly three dozen counts of sexual assault.
Summers was captured on April 24 at a drug and alcohol rehab facility in Las Misiones, a small community about 200 miles south of the U.S. border in Mexico.
He was taken to a Los Angeles jail later that day, and was being held in lieu of $19-million bail. If convicted, he faces multiple life terms in prison.
A felony complaint alleges that Summers broke into the girl’s home and used a knife to abduct her, then committed numerous sexual acts on the child and took nude photos of her.
The girl was discovered missing about 3:40 a.m. on March 27 by her mother, who heard a noise and went to check on her daughter.
Dozens of law enforcement officials quickly joined the search, which ended about 12 hours later when the girl was found wandering in a parking lot several miles away.
She was barefoot, dazed and appeared to be wearing different clothes than those she wore when taken from her home.
Days later, Los Angeles police publicly identified Summers as their primary suspect.
A federal complaint alleges that he crossed the border into Tecate, Mexico, “within several hours” of that announcement.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said that a phone tip helped narrow their search. The FBI relayed the information to Mexican authorities, who made the arrest.
Baja police said Summers was surprised and frightened by the sight of officers and was taken into custody without incident.
Authorities confirmed Summers’ identity through a Superman logo tattoo on his chest.
Summers had checked into the rehab facility under a fake name. Judging by its remote location, they believe he was only interested in trying to hide out.
Mexican authorities had distributed a “wanted” poster and police were alerted in cities including Tijuana, Tecate, Ensenada and Rosarito Beach. The FBI also issued the $25,000 reward, Beck said.
The girl’s family declined requests for interviews through the LAPD, but her mother told KTLA that she was “relieved that he’s been captured and glad that he won’t be doing this to anyone else.”
Also charged in connection with the case is Daniel Martinez, who pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and burglary counts earlier this month.
Martinez, 29, was arrested two miles from the girl’s home and was described by Los Angeles police as a secondary suspect in the crime. If convicted, he faces up to 12 years in prison.
Police do not believe Martinez initiated the kidnapping or participated in the assault, but was believed to be the driver in what authorities said began as a burglary.
Both men have extensive criminal histories, though neither is a registered sex offender. It is unclear how long either man has spent behind bars.
–KTLA/Los Angeles Times