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Video Shows Northridge Kidnapping Suspect Made a Run For the Border

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The prime suspect in a harrowing kidnapping involving a young girl being abducted in the middle of the night from inside her own Northridge home has been spotted on video crossing over into Mexico, says Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck.Footage shows Tobias Dustin Summers, 32, "crossing over a footbridge into Tecate, Mexico, a few days ago, Beck said," reports the L.A. Times.

It is not known if Summers has crossed back into the U.S.

Soon after Summers was identified as the prime suspect in the case authorities said they suspected he had fled to the San Diego area.

Summers, though not in custody, was charged Wednesday with 6 counts of sexual assault, as well as kidnapping and first-degree burglary. Having existing charges filed against Summers could make extraditing the career criminal from another state or Mexico easier.

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Also charged was Summers' alleged accomplice, Daniel Martinez.

Martinez is considered the less culpable perpetrator in the case. The victim, a ten-year-old 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.

Authorities allege Martinez waiting in the car while Summers removed the girl from the home.

The incident may have begun as a burglary that escalated to a kidnapping.

Both men have extensive rap sheets.

Previously
Northridge Kidnapping: Alleged Abductors Both Charged, But Prime Suspect Still At Large
Police Arrest Man In Kidnapping of Northridge Girl, But He's Not the Prime Suspect
Photo: Police Name Suspect Accused Of Kidnapping 10-Year-Old Northridge Girl
Police Probe Connection Between Northridge Abduction and 2008 Kidnappings
10-Year-Old Northridge Girl Abducted From Home, Held Captive Nearly 12 Hours