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October 22, 2015: Man Sentenced for Sexually Assaulting, Kidnapping Young Girl from Northridge Home

Ricardo Santiago, Public Information Officer
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A man convicted of more than 30 felony counts for the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl was sentenced today to life in state prison without the possibility of parole plus more than 230 years to life in prison, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

On Sept. 4, a jury found Tobias Dustin Summers, 34, guilty of charges including forcible lewd act upon a child, aggravated sexual assault of a child and kidnapping to commit rape.

Before issuing the sentence, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Coen heard testimony from the victim and her father.

Deputy District Attorney Laura Knight said Summers kidnapped the young girl from her Northridge home on March 27, 2013. Co-defendant Daniel Martinez waited in a car outside the residence when Summers emerged from the house with the girl. Martinez drove a short way but then left the vehicle, leaving the victim alone with Summers.

Summers then drove the vehicle to numerous locations where he sexually assaulted the young girl, according to evidence presented in court. During the ordeal, the victim made mental note of the various locations which she later used to help police find evidence, the prosecutor said.

The victim was found nearly 12 hours later at the corner of Canoga Avenue and Oxnard Street in Woodland Hills, barefoot and with visible injuries.

Co-defendant Martinez was convicted on Nov. 7 of one count of first-degree burglary, person present, and was sentenced to six years in state prison.

Case PA076500 was investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department.