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California Kidnapping Update: 2 men charged in kidnapping of 10-year-old girl, authorities say

This undated photo provided by the Los Angeles Police Department on Saturday March 30, 2013 shows Tobias Dustin Summers who was identified as a "child-kidnapping suspect," Los Angeles police said. Summers is a suspect in connection with the abduction of a 10-year-old girl who vanished from her San Fernando Valley home last week and was abandoned hours later in front of a hospital. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Police Department) Uncredited

Tobias Summers
AP Photo/Los Angeles Police Department

(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - Police said Wednesday that a second fugitive suspect in the kidnapping of a 10-year-old California girl initially planned to burglarize her San Fernando Valley home, but ended up kidnapping the child at knifepoint and sexually assaulting her after his partner in crime fled.

The details were included in charges that were brought against Tobias Summers, a 30-year-old transient who remains a fugitive, and Daniel Martinez, his 29-year-old alleged accomplice who was arrested Sunday.

Police said Summers broke into the house in the middle of the night on March 27 while Martinez waited in a getaway car. Summers emerged from the home with the girl and they both got in the car.

Martinez drove a short distance and then abandoned the vehicle and disappeared. Summers took the girl to a vacant home nearby where he held her captive, police said.

At some point, Summers sexually assaulted the girl and forced her to pose for nude photos, according to a criminal complaint. The girl turned up about 12 hours later after the harrowing ordeal, disoriented and disheveled. She was found wandering near a Starbucks about six miles away. She was barefoot, had bruises and scratches, and wasn't wearing the same clothes she had on when she vanished.

Police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said it was unclear why Summers abducted the girl but investigators don't believe he targeted her when he initially went to the home.

Summers, who is still a fugitive, was charged with kidnapping burglary and nearly three dozen counts of sexual assault. If convicted, he faces multiple life terms in prison.

Martinez was charged with one count each of kidnapping and burglary. He faces a maximum 12-year prison term if found guilty.

Summers has a criminal record dating back to 2002 that includes arrests for robbery, battery and grand theft auto. Court records show Martinez was convicted of burglary and grand theft.

Police have received more than 130 tips regarding Summers, who they believe may have fled to San Diego or Mexico and changed his appearance by shaving his head.

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