Crime

Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Kidnap and Rape Of 10-Year-Old Girl

| by Nicholas Roberts
Tobias Summers In Court On Aug. 13, 2015Tobias Summers In Court On Aug. 13, 2015

A 34-year-old man was found guilty on Oct. 23 of kidnapping and raping a 10-year-old girl from Northridge, California, before he fled to Mexico. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Tobias Summers kidnapped the girl at knifepoint on March 27, 2013, in the early hours of the morning. An accomplice, Daniel Martinez, had driven Summers to the victim's home, according to KTLA. Martinez later left the two alone, prosecutors said.

Summers then drove the car to a number of different locations where he sexually assaulted the girl.

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

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The victim was found 12 hours after she had been kidnapped, barefoot and visibly injured near a Starbucks in Woodland Hills.

Summers was tracked down and arrested a month later, in a drug and alcohol treatment facility in a small village in Mexico between Tijuana and Ensenada, the Associated Press reports. Summers had used a fake name to check himself into the facility, but police said they identified him from a Superman tattoo he had on his chest.

The victim's father expressed his anger and anguish during Summers' sentencing hearing on Oct. 22.

"I can't understate the profound impact of what this monster has done," he said, according to Eyewitness News. "It has affected every aspect of my family. This monster -- and he is a monster -- he is a danger to everybody. If he ever gets out again, he will do it again."

The girl insisted on providing a testimony during the hearing, even though her father did not want her to have to recount the horrifying details of the case.

"It was not right, and no one should ever have to go through that, ever," she said to the judge. "So I hope he goes away forever and even after that so he can never get out."

Sources: AP via the Los Angeles Daily News, KTLA, Eyewitness News / Photo Credit: KTLA