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Transient linked to Calif. kidnapping

LOS ANGELES — A transient with a long criminal record is being sought 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.

Police identified Tobias Dustin Summers, 30, as a suspect Saturday, but they could not elaborate on the motive or what led them to him. They also do not know whether the girl was targeted.

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‘‘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.

About 40 detectives have been investigating since the girl was abducted from her home around 3 a.m. Wednesday.

‘‘They’re working around the clock until this guy gets captured,’’ Officer Norma Eisenman, a police spokeswoman, said Sunday. ‘‘As of right now, there are no new developments on the case.’’

The girl was found about 12 hours after she was abducted, wandering near a Starbucks several miles away.

Summers, who has a distinctive tattoo of a ghoulish face on his right arm, has arrests dating to 2002, police said. Among them are robbery, grand theft auto, possession of explosives, and kidnapping.

Associated Press

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