Suspect in LA girl's abduction caught in Mexico
by Tami Abdollah, Associated Press
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This undated file photo provided by the Los Angeles Police Department on Saturday March 30, 2013 shows Tobias Dustin Summers who is a child-kidnapping suspect. Summers suspected in connection with the abduction of a 10-year-old girl who vanished from her San Fernando Valley home and was abandoned hours later in front of a hospital. The FBI says Mexican police have captured the fugitive Summers. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Police Department,File)
This undated file photo provided by the Los Angeles Police Department on Saturday March 30, 2013 shows Tobias Dustin Summers who is a child-kidnapping suspect. Summers suspected in connection with the abduction of a 10-year-old girl who vanished from her San Fernando Valley home and was abandoned hours later in front of a hospital. The FBI says Mexican police have captured the fugitive Summers. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Police Department,File)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A fugitive charged with abducting and sexually assaulting a 10-year-old Los Angeles girl has been captured in Mexico, authorities said Wednesday.

Tobias Summers, 30, was taken into custody by Mexican authorities acting on information from the FBI, according to bureau spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.

Additional details were being withheld, she said. A news conference in Los Angeles to announce the arrest was scheduled for noon.

"We're glad we got him," said Los Angeles police Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese, who heads the detective bureau. "We're working on getting him back to Los Angeles right now."

The victim vanished from her home in the Northridge area of Los Angeles on March 27. She was found about 12 hours later wandering near a Starbucks several miles away.

Authorities later arrested Daniel Martinez as a suspected accomplice and revealed that Summers had been spotted in a video recording as he crossed the border into Mexico at Tecate, east of San Diego.

Summers is charged with kidnapping, burglary and nearly three dozen counts of sexual assault. He's described as a transient with a criminal record including convictions for burglary and grand theft.

On Wednesday, the FBI website showed pictures of Summers and his tattoos with the word "captured" across the bottom of each photo.

Martinez, 29, has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and burglary.

Mexican authorities distributed "wanted" posters with Summers' picture and put police in the cities of Tecate, Ensenada and Rosarito Beach on alert.

Authorities believe Summers broke into the girl's home planning to burglarize it but instead abducted her at knifepoint. They believe Martinez was waiting outside in a car the two used to flee with the girl.

Martinez soon abandoned the car and vanished, police have said, while Summers took the girl to a vacant home where he assaulted her.

Summers has a criminal record dating to 2002 that includes arrests for robbery, battery and grand theft auto. Court records show Martinez has been convicted of burglary and grand theft.



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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