Main Northridge kidnapping suspect charged with 37 felonies, bail set at $19M

The main suspect in a Northridge burglary and kidnapping case appeared in court for the first time but did not enter a plea. Tobias Dustin Summers, 30, walked into Los Angeles Superior Court San Fernando Branch courtroom on Thursday afternoon with his head down, wearing a black hoodie. Represented by defense attorney Andrea Lemberg, Summers mumbled answers to Judge Michael O’Gara who continued Summers arraignment to May 2. O’Gara also explained that there is a protective order against Summers that prohibits Summers from contacting the 10-year-old girl he is accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting. Summers acknowledged the protective order with a muffled, “uh huh.” Summers is charged with 37 felonies including the kidnapping of a minor under age 14,  first-degree burglary with a person present and nearly three dozen counts of sexual assault. If convicted, Summers faces multiple life terms in prison. Summers is being held in lieu of $19 million bail. Summers’ short time in court came just a day after he  was arrested in Mexico. He had checked into a rehabilitation facility there where authorities believe he was trying to hide out. Summers was transported to Los Angeles Wednesday evening. Authorities had been searching for Summers since March 27 after he and 29-year-old Daniel Martinez, allegedly entered a Northridge home in the early morning. At about 3:30 am, the 10-year-old girl at the home was reported missing by her parents. Twelve hours later the girl was found alive wandering shoeless around a Woodland Hills strip mall. She had cuts and bruises, police said, and after being evaluated at a local hospital was allowed to go home. The family of the 10-year-old Northridge girl has since been silent. On Wednesday, the family, through the Los Angeles Police Department, asked the media to respect their privacy and declined any interviews.Summers’ codefendant, Martinez, pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping and the burglary of the girl’s home. Prosecutors said Martinez drove the car just after the abduction, but soon stopped, got out and left the girl with Summers


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