Northridge Kidnapping Suspect Makes First Court Appearance | NBC Southern California

Northridge Kidnapping Suspect Makes First Court Appearance

Tobias Summers was hiding at rehab center in Mexico, authorities say

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    Tobias Summers, the prime suspect in the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 10-year-old Northridge girl, faced a judge for the first time Thursday. He was formally charged with 37 counts of kidnap, burglary and assault. The girl's family also released a statement Thursday, applauding law enforcement for capturing Summers. Patrick Healy reports from San Fernando for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on April 25, 2013. (Published Thursday, April 25, 2013)

    Tobias Summers, the main suspect in the kidnapping of a 10-year-old Northridge girl, spoke softly and kept his head down during a court appearance Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles.

    The arraignment was the first court appearance for the 32-year-old since his arrest in Mexico on Wednesday.

    Summers confirmed his identity but did not enter a plea. The arraignment was postponed until May 2.

    Prosecutors had planned to ask that bail be set at $19 million, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

    He's being charged with 37 felony counts -- one of kidnapping a child, one of burglary, one of kidnapping to commit another crime, and 34 counts related to sexual assault, according to a court record (PDF).

    Summers faces multiple life terms if convicted.

    He was found at a drug and alcohol rehab clinic in the remote village of Las Missiones, south of Rosarito near Ensenada. Baja police took him into custody Wednesday morning at a nearby beach, where he was working with a woman selling coconuts to tourists.

    Police were able to identify the suspect because of a "Superman" tattoo on his chest (pictured, below).

    Summers allegedly broke into a Northridge home on the night of March 27 and abducted the girl. A second suspect, 29-year-old Daniel Martinez, allegedly drove the pair's getaway car. Martinez was arrested March 31, and charged with kidnapping and burglary.

    On Thursday, the family of the victim released a statement thanking authorities for arresting both suspects:

    "Throughout this ordeal, they've been working around the clock hunting this man – not only for justice for our daughter, but to make sure he's unable to hurt anyone again," wrote the family.

    More: Read the Family's Full Statement

    Summers, released in July 2012 as part of California's initiative to ease prison overcrowding, previously served three prison terms and was allegedly active in a white supremacist gang in the San Fernando Valley.

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