FBI Reports Northridge Kidnapping Suspect In Custody In Mexico
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FBI officials said a suspect in the Northridge kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl has been captured and placed in custody in Mexico.
A parolee, Tobias Summers, is now expected to be transported back to the United States, FBI officials said.
Summers was taken into custody about 8 a.m. in Rosarito, Mexico.
According to NBC sources, a tipster alerted authorities to the suspect’s location.
Summers was named as a suspect after a girl was taken during the night from her home during what police said was a botched burglary.
The girl was found — barefoot, scratched and bruised — some 12 hours after her disappearance, at a Woodland Hills coffee shop. She described her assailants and said she had been taken to multiple locations during her ordeal.
A second suspect, 29-year-old Daniel Martinez, was arrested several days after the kidnapping. Charged with one count each of kidnapping and burglary, Martinez was considered a secondary suspect after allegedly driving a getaway car a short distance before getting out, according to county allegations.
Summers, meanwhile, was charged with 35 counts of sexual assault against the girl.
In addition to the state charges Summers faces in connection with the alleged kidnapping and rape, Summers faces federal charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, according to a complaint filed in federal court on April 11.
The court document provides a chronology of the days after the kidnapping happened.
A joint FBI/LAPD fugitive task force learned that the suspect may have fled to San Diego on March 31. The next day, police and agents interviewed a friend who told them Summers was thinking about going to Mexico.
Within several hours of police announcing Summers as their primary suspect in the case, still photos captured the suspect entering Tecate, Mexico, on March 30, court papers said.
A warrant was issued for his arrest on April 3.
Summers was released from prison in July 2012 under California’s Assembly Bill 109, an initiative aimed at easing prison overcrowding and was on “post-supervised release,” according to police.
He previously served three prison terms, has a history of substance addiction and allegedly has been active in a San Fernando Valley White supremacist gang.
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