Tobias Summers Captured in Mexico: FBI

FBI says Mexican police have captured fugitive suspect in kidnapping of Northridge girl

By Diana Guevara and R. Stickney
|  Wednesday, Apr 24, 2013  |  Updated 6:26 PM PDT
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Law enforcement officers escort Tobias Summers as he returns to the U.S. to face charges in the kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl from her Northridge home.

Law enforcement officers escort Tobias Summers as he returns to the U.S. to face charges in the kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl from her Northridge home.

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SDPD on Alert for Kidnapping Suspect

When LAPD informed the media Tobias Summers, the suspect in last month's kidnapping of a Northridge girl, may be in San Diego police began watching out for the suspect. NBC 7's Elena Gomez reports.
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The man wanted in the kidnapping of a Los Angeles area girl was found at a Mexican rehab center, checked in under a different name officials said.

San Diego-area FBI agents headed to the U.S.-Mexico border Wednesday morning to pick up Northridge kidnapping suspect Tobias Summers.

Summers was wanted as a suspect in the kidnapping of a 10-year-old Northridge girl, who turned up barefoot and wounded in Woodland Hills late last month.

The victim told police that two men took her from her bedroom.

She walked about a mile to a Starbucks where a passerby recognized her from media reports and alerted police. She was found barefoot and with bruises and cuts on her face at 3 p.m. the same day she went missing, police said.

Soon after, Los Angeles police investigators announced that Summers, who has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 2002 including arrests for assault and battery, and kidnapping, was the primary suspect in the case.

LAPD Commander Andrew Smith said Summers may have fled to the San Diego area. He was also thought to be hiding out in Mexico.

On Wednesday morning, an FBI spokesperson confirmed agents were heading to the U.S.-Mexico border crossing at San Ysidro to collect Summers who had been located in Mexico.

According to a source close to the investigation, law enforcement officers arrested Summers at about 8 a.m. in Rosarito.

Alfredo Arenas with Baja, California State Police said his men went to a remote village called Las Missiones near Ensenada, located about 90 minutes south of Tijuana.

Summers was found at a rehab and alcohol clinic in the village checked in under a different name, according to Arenas. He had been at the rehab facility between one and four days.

He said officers were able to identify the suspect by the Superman tattoo on his chest.

La Mision police in Mexico were able to take Summers into custody and then turned him over to the FBI.

Soon after 1 p.m., several law enforcement vehicles arrived near the pedestrian crossing and Summers was spotted in the custody of police.

The suspect, wearing cargo shorts and a black hooded sweatshirt, walked with his head facing toward the ground. 

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