The family of the little girl issuing a statement today saying — quote — “We are relieved that he’s been captured and glad that he won’t be doing this to anyone else.”
Tobias Summers — the suspect in abduction and assault of a 10-year-old Northridge girl is on his way back to Los Angeles after being captured in Baja California this morning at a drug rehab facility between Rosarito and Ensenada. Summers will be held on $19-million bail.
The family of the little girl issuing a statement today saying — quote — We are relieved that he’s been captured and glad that he won’t be doing this to anyone else.
Someone at the Baja facility identified Summers by his tattoos. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.
Summers faces multiple life terms in prison if convicted. 30-year-old Daniel Martinez — Summers’ alleged accomplice — is in custody facing kidnapping and burglary charges. He’s pleaded not guilty.
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Tobias Dustin Summers, the primary suspect in the kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl from Northridge, has been arrested in Mexico.
The arrest came around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Mexican authorities got a tip from the FBI that Summers may be at a rehab center in a small Mexican village. Officers checked it out and found him, according to Alfredo Arenas, commander of the Baja California State Police fugitive squad.
Authorities say he was supposedly getting treatment at a rehab center. He was living there and doing odd jobs, but stayed inside, Arenas said.
"We're very happy because this will provide a measure of justice to the family and to the small child who was abused, and they know that this trash bag is going to be facing justice in the United States," Arenas said.
Summers was charged with 37 felonies, including kidnapping, burglary and nearly three dozen sex-related counts. If convicted, Summers, a parolee with a criminal record dating back to 2002, could face multiple life terms in prison.
Suspected accomplice Daniel Martinez, who was arrested April 3, pleaded not guilty to one count each of kidnapping and first-degree burglary.
Authorities said they believe 29-year-old Martinez was waiting in a car outside the girl's home while Summers kidnapped the girl on March 27. Martinez then allegedly drove a short distance with Summers and the girl, then left and was not further involved. The girl was found hours later wandering six miles from her home near a Starbucks in Woodland Hills. She was barefoot, had bruises and scratches, and wasn't wearing the same clothes she had on when she vanished.