Suspect In Northridge Kidnapping Appears In Court
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Accused kidnapper Tobias Summers made his first court appearance Thursday on 37 felony counts of burglary, kidnapping and sexual assault.
Summers, 30, and his accomplice, 29-year-old Daniel Martinez, were wanted in the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 10-year-old Northridge girl on March 27. She was found about 12 hours later wandering around a San Fernando Valley Starbucks parking lot barefoot.
Summers has been charged 37 felony counts including kidnapping a minor under 14, first-degree burglary with a person present and nearly three dozen counts of sexual assault. His arraignment was continued to May 2.
Martinez was arrested on April 1 and has pleaded not guilty to charges.
Summers was arrested Wednesday by Mexican authorities who acted on a tip.
He was reportedly found at a rehabilitation facility south of Tijuana in the town of La Mision, located between Rosarita and Ensenada, popular with American surfers. After a month-long manhunt, a tip was received around 1a.m. Wednesday by a special hotline operated by the Los Angeles County Probation Department in Alhambra.
Summers was captured without incident and positively identified by a Superman tattoo on his chest, one of several known tattoos described by police.
He is being held on $19 million bail.