Fugitive wanted in connection with kidnapping and sexual assault of 10-year-old girl may be in San Diego County

SAN DIEGO – A fugitive wanted in connection with the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl who was snatched from her family’s Los Angeles-area home last week may have fled to San Diego County, authorities said today.

Tobias Dustin Summers, 30, was identified over the weekend as one of two suspects in the case. His alleged accomplice, 29-year-old Daniel Martinez of West Hills, was arrested Sunday and was jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.

Los Angeles police have announced that they have reason to believe Summers may have traveled to the San Diego area, and possibly has changed his appearance by shaving his head.

The girl was abducted early Wednesday from her bedroom at her home in the 8000 block of Oakdale Avenue in Northridge. She apparently was dropped off near a hospital about 3 p.m. that day, after which she walked to a coffe shop, where she was found by a good Samaritan.

The girl was was suffering from abrasions, including some on her face, was barefoot and appeared to be clad in different clothing than what she was reported to be wearing when she disappeared.

During her ordeal, the girl apparently was taken to various locations in different vehicles, according to investigators.

Summers is a 6-foot, roughly 160-pound white man with blond hair and blue eyes. A transient known to frequent Devonshire, North Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley, he has large tattoos of a flaming skull and a woman on his right arm.

The fugitive has a lengthy rap sheet dating back to 2002 and was released from custody last July, apparently as a result of the state’s effort to relieve prison overcrowding. He has served prison terms for robbery, kidnapping, explosives possession and petty theft, according to police.

Although he is not known to be a registered sex offender, Summers did have an arrest for battery in 2009 that involved child annoyance.

It was not known whether Summers knew the kidnapping victim or anyone in her family prior to the abduction. It also was unclear is she was targeted or was a random victim.

8 Responses to "Fugitive wanted in connection with kidnapping and sexual assault of 10-year-old girl may be in San Diego County"

  1. Re????   April 1, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Are you frigging kidding me? I am tired of these early releases only to find that the people they released, have re-committed. Send the people who are in our prison systems from other countries back to their own countries, and house these idiots for the time they deserve. We also need to vote for stiffer penalties, and longer prison sentences. Those that are part of the early releases (government officials) should be ousted. Everyone else has to pay for the idiot actions of the people who decide to make these early releases, and we need to find ways to make it stop. The person responsible for this punks early release, should be held accountable. People, please pay attention to the policy makers, government officials, or the people who attend our state offices, when voting next time. Take the time to find out what they are really all about. This poor little girl, scarred for life for an idiots actions. I say this scum needs to face the same actions that he imposed on this little girl, and believe you me, the men in prison are waitning for this individual.

  2. cringe   April 2, 2013 at 1:22 am

    I am so glad this poor little girl is ok. I thought the state was only releasing non-violent, less serious offenders??? Are the violent ones somehow slipping through the cracks and getting out?? This dude looks scary. I hope the family gets the little girl some counseling. Sounds like they could use a bodyguard too. Violent crime, rape, and child predators are on the rampage, this story is so frightening. I am happy she was found by a good samaritan who could take care of her til police and the family arrived. They must have been out of their minds with worry.

  3. Preston   April 2, 2013 at 7:27 am

    All States need to adopt the "Lindbergh Law" for the kidnapping of a child.

  4. Re-Preston???   April 2, 2013 at 11:10 am

    I agree with you wholeheartedly Preston. The unfortunate part of the law suggests if the kidnapper takes the victim across state lines or asks for ransom, which this miscreant did neither. I still think that this should be considered a Federal offense.

  5. Me   April 2, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    The three strikes law was working beautifully. Crimes rates dropped across the board.

    But good old Jerry Brown saw to that….

  6. Reality Checker   April 2, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Yea, ole moonbeam had to come up with hard cash for his union friends, has to come from somewhere. Unless we were to somehow be rid of union parasites, but there would be another moonbeam and someone else right behind him looking for thier payout too. If not for unions, it would be someone else…..

  7. Pessimistic   April 2, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    The AB-109 /realignment releases do not take into consideration the criminal’s violent HISTORY, only the most "recent" charge (probably the petty theft charge noted – which is a felony if he had multiples in his history – compared to his first three – convictions: robbery, kidnapping, explosives possession). Meaning if a a career criminal, with three robberies, two sex assaults, and a burglary (again, see his first 3 convictions: robbery, kidnapping, explosives possession) gets picked up after his release for a grand theft or drug possession (or a petty theft with priors) he gets the early release and /or lack of parole monitoring. After YOU voters (yes, you MAJORITY Californians) just got done watering down our 3 Strikes laws in the latest elections, we are going to see more and more of these miscreants wandering amongst us. And to you fools who bought the ol’ "he only stole a slice of pizza" propaganda… cry me a river… you failed to acknowledge a life time of VIOLENT crime. Thank you State of California! We are our own worst enemy.

  8. Preston   April 3, 2013 at 6:51 am

    @ Me
    What I meant was: if each state pass the law it would nullify the crossing of state lines. Simple, kidnap a child and its the death penalty regardless of any other aspect of the crime. Then we need to work on that appeal process for those that are guilty beyond any doubt.


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