Northridge Kidnap Suspect Fled to Mexico: LAPD

"We have no way to know whether or not he has returned since that journey, but we are focusing our efforts on that region," says police chief

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    Tobias Summers is being sought in connection with the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 10-year-old Northridge girl. Tena Ezzeddine reports from the U.S.-Mexican border for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2013.

    A parolee suspected of kidnapping a 10-year-old Northridge girl was recorded on a border security camera entering Mexico, the Los Angeles Police Department chief said Friday.

    "Tobias Summers was seen via video surveillance crossing a footbridge into Tecate from the United States. We have no way to know whether or not he has returned since that journey, but we are focusing our efforts on that region," said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, who did not disclose when the video was recorded.

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    [LA] Mexican Authorities Help in Search For Kidnap Suspect
    Tobias Summers, the primary suspect in the kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl from Northridge, was caught on surveillance cameras crossing into Tecate, Mexico from the United States, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck revealed on Friday. Baja California State Police have joined the search to prevent a similar crime in Mexico. Tena Ezzeddine reports from the Tecate border crossing for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on April 5, 2013.

    Tecate, Mexico, is located about 30 miles east of Tijuana.

    "Summers is unlikely to blend in to the general population," Beck said. "We assume that he is hunkered down, hiding someplace and we need the public to be aware of what he looks like and what he's done so that we can get cooperation."

    Kidnap Suspect Flees to Mexico: Police

    [LA] Kidnap Suspect Flees to Mexico: Police
    Tobias Summers, the primary suspect in the kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl from Northridge, was caught on surveillance cameras crossing into Tecate, Mexico from the United States, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said. Patrick Healy reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on April 5, 2013.

    Police confirmed they have obtained the video, but are choosing not to release it to the public. Police also declined to discuss how Summers got to the border, or whether he got assistance; however, Chief of Detectives Kirk Albanese said, "Anybody that has aided or will aid Summers, will be subject to arrest."

    An official with Baja California state police confirmed Friday that they are investigating a lead that Summers may be hiding out with a girlfriend who lives in Tijuana, but so far, that has not panned out.

    Northridge Kidnapping Suspect Seen Crossing to Mexico

    [LA] Northridge Kidnapping Suspect Seen Crossing to Mexico
    Tobias Summers, the main suspect in the kidnapping of a 10-year-old Northridge girl, was seen on border security video crossing from California into Tecate, Mexico, via a footbridge, LAPD officials said. Patrick Healy reports from downtown Los Angeles for the NBC4 News at Noon on Friday, April 5, 2013.

    "We might be getting bogus tips but we still need to check them out just to make sure. We're taking every tip seriously and we're checking every tip that we get," he said.

    Summers, 30, allegedly entered a Northridge home and kidnapped a girl on March 27. The girl was found alive about 12 hours after her disappearance.

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    A second suspect, 29-year-old Daniel Martinez, was arrested last week and has since pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and burglary charges.

    It's unknown whether Summers got any help getting to Tecate. But it did not come from Martinez, who is accused of driving Summers from the abduction scene.  He left shortly thereafter, according to police.

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    The 10-year-old kidnap victim provided police with details that led to a tip as detective attempted to locate a vacant home connected to the abduction.

    "We're working with that individual," Albanese said.

    Summers previously served three prison terms, has a history of substance addiction, and allegedly has been active in a San Fernando Valley White supremacist gang.

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