Northridge kidnapping suspect scheduled to be arraigned

The man suspected of kidnapping and assaulting a 10-year-old Northridge girl is due to be arraigned Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Tobias Dustin Summers, 32, a felon and reputed gang member, was apprehended last week at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in Las Misiones, a small community about 200 miles south of the U.S. border in Mexico.

Police confirmed Summers’ identity through the Superman tattoo on his chest, authorities said.


He is being held in lieu of $19-million bail.

Summers was charged in his absence last month with 36 counts of sexual assault, as well as kidnapping and first-degree burglary, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said. If convicted, he faces multiple life terms in prison.

A felony complaint alleges Summers broke into the girl’s home in the middle of the night March 27 and used a knife to abduct her. He is charged with committing numerous sexual acts on the child and taking nude photos of the girl.

The girl was discovered missing at 3:40 a.m. by her mother, who heard a sound and went to investigate. The girl, barefoot and appearing battered and bruised, was dropped off about 12 hours later in a Woodland Hills parking lot.

Days later, authorities identified Summers, a career criminal, as a suspect in the case.

He was charged along with Daniel Martinez, who has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and burglary counts in connection with the incident. Martinez, 30, was arrested just 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.

LAPD investigators and prosecutors said Martinez waited in a car outside the girl’s home, and when Summers came out with her, drove a short distance before leaving. Martinez is not believed to have initiated the kidnapping or participated in the assault, authorities said.


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