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Northridge Kidnapping: Alleged Abductors Both Charged, But Prime Suspect Still At Large

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Tobias Dustin Summers (Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Police Department via NBC Los Angeles)
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The two men accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 10-year-old Northridge girl last week have been charged with multiple crimes today, however the prime suspect in the case remains at large.

One suspect, 29-year-old Daniel Martinez of West Hills, was apprehended on Sunday, and is due to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon on one felony count each of kidnapping a minor under 14 and first-degree burglary with a person present, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Bail for Martinez is expected to be set at $150,000.

If convicted, Martinez is facing up to 12 years in state prison.

However, Martinez is considered the less culpable perpetrator in the case, which involved the middle-of-the-night abduction of a young girl from her own home. That girl was found about 12 hours later after she was dropped off at a strip mall approximately six miles from her home. She had been taken to multiple locations and was allegedly sexually assaulted. During the ordeal she also suffered minor cuts and bruises, and was deposited barefoot outside a Starbucks.

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The prime suspect is Tobias Dustin Summers, who is thought to be the one who took the girl from her home and brought her to a car where Martinez was waiting, according to the LADA.

Summers is charged in the same complaint with kidnapping a minor under 14, first-degree burglary with a person present and nearly three dozen counts of sexual assault. If convicted, he’s facing multiple life terms in prison.

Authorities believe Summers has headed to the San Diego area and has likely altered his appearance by shaving his head.

Previously
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