Suspect in LA assault returned to US

Tobias Summers was arrested in Mexico Wednesday.
Tobias Summers was arrested in Mexico Wednesday.

LOS ANGELES — A fugitive charged with abducting and sexually assaulting a 10-year-old Los Angeles girl was returned to the United States Wednesday after being arrested in a Mexican village where he had checked himself into a rehabilitation facility under a fake name, authorities said.

Tobias Summers, 30, was being brought to Los Angeles to face 37 felony charges, including numerous sexual assault counts, FBI Special Agent in Charge Tim Delaney told a press conference.

Summers was a fugitive for nearly a month. Police Chief Charlie Beck credited a $25,000 FBI reward for a phone tip late Tuesday that led to Summers’ arrest Wednesday morning. Mexican authorities acted on the tip received by the FBI and tracked Summers to a drug and alcohol treatment facility in a village between Tijuana and Ensenada, according to Alfredo Arenas, international liaison for the Baja California state police.


The victim’s parents discovered she was missing from her bedroom in her Northridge home in the early morning of March 27. She was found about 12 hours later wandering near a Starbucks several miles away.

Associated Press