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Arrest in kidnapping of L.A. girl who was found hours later

9:05 PM, Apr 1, 2013   |    comments
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(USA TODAY) - Police said Monday they have arrested one man and are seeking a second in the kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl from her Los Angeles home last week.

Police said they arrested Daniel Martinez, 29, of West Hills, Calif., on Sunday and are holding him in the metro jail with bail set at $1 million.

They are still searching for a man they named last week as wanted in the case, Tobias Dustin Summers, 30.

In a statement, the Los Angeles Police Department said investigators have reason to believe Summers may be in the San Diego area and may have shaved his head to change his appearance.

The statement said Martinez was charged with kidnapping after being taken into custody in the Northridge area of Los Angeles, in the San Fernando Valley.

The red-haired girl was found last Wednesday afternoon bruised, scratched and in shock, about 12 hours after being reported missing by her family overnight from their Northridge home. Police said the parents reported they discovered the girl missing from her bedroom after hearing a commotion and getting up to check the house around 3:45 a.m.

Police and agents with the FBI's child abduction unit conducted a door-to-door sweep in search of the girl within a 2-mile radius of her home. Police found her at a strip shopping center about 6 miles from her home, barefoot and wearing shorts and a T-shirt that did not match the clothing she was last seen wearing at her home. Police said she appeared to be in shock.

The girl was identified by police during the search, but police requested her name not be used, citing her status as a juvenile crime victim, after she was found.

After questioning the girl while she was being treated at a hospital, police searched several locations and said they had seized a black pickup truck that may have been used in the crime. Police reported the girl appeared to have been moved to several locations in various vehicles during her almost 12-hour ordeal.

Police said Summers has a criminal record going back more than 10 years including arrests for robbery, grand theft auto, possession of explosives and kidnapping.

LA Police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said last week that investigators believe the kidnapper did not know the girl and her family.

 

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