LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police said Saturday they are looking for a
transient in the kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl who was snatched from
her San Fernando Valley home before dawn last week and abandoned hours
later in front of a hospital.
Investigators identified 30-year-old Tobias Dustin
Summers as a suspect in the case but couldn't elaborate on the motive or
what led them to him. Police don't know if the girl was targeted but
said they don't believe Summers had a connection to the family.
"We have no information that the family knew this
individual or that the individual knew any members of the family," Los
Angeles Police Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese said.
Police initially said they were looking for two
suspects in the abduction but are now focusing their efforts on locating
Summers. "This is the only person we are looking for right now,"
Albanese said Saturday.
About 40 detectives have been working around the
clock looking for clues since the girl was abducted from her home
Wednesday. She was found hours later, wandering near a Starbucks several
The girl was barefoot, had bruises and scratches
and wasn't wearing the same clothes she had on when she vanished. She
told the police two men she didn't recognize had taken her from her
Investigators have said they believe the girl was
driven around the San Fernando Valley in a couple of cars and taken to
at least two locations, including a storage facility, before she was
A passer-by who recognized her picture from media
reports saw her outside the Starbucks and called police. The girl had
wandered there from the hospital where she had been dropped.
Summers, who has a distinctive tattoo of a ghoulish
face on his right arm, has arrests dating back to 2002, police said.
Among them are robbery, grand theft auto, possession of explosives and
kidnapping, authorities said.
Police said they had no details on the prior kidnapping case.
Summers was released from prison in July on a petty
theft conviction as part of a state law designed to ease crowding in
state prisons. He also spent six days behind bars in January on a
Summers last checked in with his probation officer
at some point earlier this month and had been complying with his release
terms, police said. He is known to frequent the area where the
kidnapping took place.
The Los Angeles Times reported that law enforcement
sources said the girl was sexually assaulted. The Associated Press does
not identify victims of sexual assault. Summers isn't a registered sex
offender, police said.
Albanese said Summers had been arrested four years
ago for investigation of battery that involved child annoying, but no
other details were provided.
Summers has family in Southern California,
according to police, and the FBI said it will obtain a warrant for
unlawful flight to avoid prosecution if authorities determine he has
fled the state.
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