Northridge Kidnapping Suspect Makes First Court Appearance

Tobias Summers was hiding at rehab center in Mexico, authorities say

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    Tobias Summers, the prime suspect in the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 10-year-old Northridge girl, faced a judge for the first time Thursday. He was formally charged with 37 counts of kidnap, burglary and assault. The girl's family also released a statement Thursday, applauding law enforcement for capturing Summers. Patrick Healy reports from San Fernando for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on April 25, 2013.

    Tobias Summers, the main suspect in the kidnapping of a 10-year-old Northridge girl, spoke softly and kept his head down during a court appearance Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles.

    The arraignment was the first court appearance for the 32-year-old since his arrest in Mexico on Wednesday.

    Summers confirmed his identity but did not enter a plea. The arraignment was postponed until May 2.

    Tip Line Led to Capture of Northridge Kidnapping Suspect

    [LA] Tip Line Led to Capture of Northridge Kidnapping Suspect
    A tip that led to the capture of Tobias Summers, the prime suspect in the kidnapping of a 10-year-old Northridge girl, came in the middle of the night Wednesday. A tipster called a public hotline set up to specifically find probation violators. Probation Officer John Perico was alerted at home when the tip came in, and he instantly called the tipster back to learn that Summers was staying in Mexico. Angie Crouch reports from Alhambra for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on April 25, 2013.

    Prosecutors had planned to ask that bail be set at $19 million, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

    He's being charged with 37 felony counts -- one of kidnapping a child, one of burglary, one of kidnapping to commit another crime, and 34 counts related to sexual assault, according to a court record (PDF).

    Northridge Kidnapping Suspect to Appear in Court

    [LA] Northridge Kidnapping Suspect to Appear in Court
    Tobias Summers, wanted on suspicion of kidnapping, was scheduled to make his first court appearance. Tena Ezzeddine reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on Thursday, April 25, 2013.

    Summers faces multiple life terms if convicted.

    He was found at a drug and alcohol rehab clinic in the remote village of Las Missiones, south of Rosarito near Ensenada. Baja police took him into custody Wednesday morning at a nearby beach, where he was working with a woman selling coconuts to tourists.

    Police were able to identify the suspect because of a "Superman" tattoo on his chest (pictured, below).

    Summers allegedly broke into a Northridge home on the night of March 27 and abducted the girl. A second suspect, 29-year-old Daniel Martinez, allegedly drove the pair's getaway car. Martinez was arrested March 31, and charged with kidnapping and burglary.

    On Thursday, the family of the victim released a statement thanking authorities for arresting both suspects:

    "Throughout this ordeal, they've been working around the clock hunting this man – not only for justice for our daughter, but to make sure he's unable to hurt anyone again," wrote the family.

    More: Read the Family's Full Statement

    Summers, released in July 2012 as part of California's initiative to ease prison overcrowding, previously served three prison terms and was allegedly active in a white supremacist gang in the San Fernando Valley.