Southern California breaking news and trends

Arraignment continued to May for Northridge kidnapping suspect (video)

NBC Los Angeles

Northridge kidnapping suspect Tobias Summers in custody.

The arraignment of the primary suspect in last month's kidnap and sexual assault of a 10-year-old Northridge girl has been continued until May 2.

Tobias Summers, 30, appeared at the Los Angeles Superior Court's San Fernando Courthouse this afternoon a day after he was apprehended in Mexico and transported by authorities to the U.S.

He faces more than three-dozen charges of burglary, kidnapping and sexual assault and could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted. His bail was set at $19 million.

Summers appeared in court dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt and kept his head down throughout the hearing. He answered “yes” and “yeah” to questions from L.A. Superior Court Judge Michael O'Gara about procedural questions.

O’Gara granted a protective order request from Deputy District Attorney Laura Jackson that prohibits any type of communication between Summers and the 10-year old victim or with anyone trying to communicate with the girl on his behalf. That protective order is sealed under court order.

Mexican authorities captured Summers Wednesday morning in Las Misiones after receiving a tip from caller. The FBI had posted digital billboard boards listing a $25,000 reward for Summers.

Video from KPCC partner NBC Los Angeles:

View more videos at: http://nbclosangeles.com.

blog comments powered by Disqus