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Police Arrest Man In Kidnapping of Northridge Girl, But He's Not the Prime Suspect

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The Los Angeles Police Department announced Monday the arrest of one of two suspects in the recent abduction of a 10-year-old Northridge girl, however it is the prime suspect who remains at large.Authorities say they took 29-year-old Daniel Martinez of West Hills into custody Sunday morning in Northridge. He is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

KTLA reports:

Between 2004 and 2012, Martinez was convicted burglary, petty theft, grand theft, resisting a police officer and unlawfully entering a property. In April 2012, he was convicted of threats of death or great bodily injury, records show.

Martinez is thought to be the accomplice in the kidnapping and sexual assault of the girl, who disappeared from her own home in the middle of the night last week. That child was found about six miles from her home the following afternoon after she was dropped off at a strip mall.

The prime suspect is Tobias Dustin Summers, 30, who has short blond hair, large tattoos of a flaming skeleton and a woman on his right arm. The LAPD says Summers may have altered his appearance since the crime by shaving his head, and they believe he has headed to the San Diego area.

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