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April 3, 2013 | By Richard Winton, Kate Mather and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
With Tobias Summers still a fugitive, prosecutors Wednesday charged him with kidnapping a 10-year-old girl from her Northridge bedroom at knifepoint and then repeatedly sexually assaulting her during a 12-hour ordeal. Summers, 32, was charged in his absence with 36 counts of sexual assault as well as kidnapping and first-degree burglary, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. If convicted, he faces multiple life terms in prison. For the first time, the felony complaint details a violent episode for the girl.
May 9, 2013 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Hours after Ariel Castro was arraigned on rape and kidnapping counts in connection with three women held prisoner for years in his Cleveland house, Ohio prosecutors said they would seek new charges that he abused some of his victims and forced them to have miscarriages. Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty, whose office will present the case to a grand jury, said that if Castro, 52, were charged and convicted of aggravated murder as a result of the miscarriages, he could face the death penalty.
June 19, 2011 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
Gang members who allegedly kidnapped a music producer in early 2008 told the victim that the reason behind the kidnapping was an "issue" with Shaquille O'Neal and his business partner Mark Stevens, according to transcripts of the producer's testimony. Robert Ross testified Monday in the preliminary hearing of seven Main Street Crip members accused of kidnapping, robbery and conspiracy in the February 2008 incident. Ross said he was kidnapped by armed gang members, robbed and beaten as they demanded a "videotape," two weeks after he had told O'Neal and Stevens that he had a tape of the basketball star having sex with a woman other than his wife.
November 22, 1996
An Azusa army veteran wanted since last week after he allegedly kidnapped and raped a 12-year-old female relative was captured Thursday when he tried to check into the mental health ward at a Veterans Affairs hospital, authorities said.
March 29, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
A 10-year-old girl kidnapped from her Northridge home in the middle of the night was sexually assaulted, and detectives are still struggling to determine why she was targeted, according to law enforcement sources. The girl has told investigators that two men were involved and that she was taken to multiple locations in different vehicles. She was found bruised and scratched Wednesday near a Starbucks about six miles from her home. "This 10-year-old child was traumatized after a very traumatic experience," Los Angeles Police Cmdr.
March 28, 2007
Re "Britain demands Iran free 15," March 24 Does anyone believe it is a coincidence that the Iranian navy snatched 15 British servicemen in Iraqi waters just before the U.N. Security Council unanimously passed a resolution imposing heavier sanctions on Iran for the continuing development of nuclear weapons? Does anyone believe that it is coincidental that, after Hamas and Hezbollah kidnapped Israeli soldiers, Iran did the same with British soldiers? Iran gets PR value, and it can use the soldiers for propaganda purposes and as hostages for potential exchange for political purposes.
May 31, 2013 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - The Mexican capital has managed to avoid the kind of gangland violence that has gripped many other parts of the country in recent years. But the mysterious disappearance of 11 young people from a bar this week is raising new fear about the city's ability to remain relatively immune from the trouble. The disappearance of the patrons in the Zona Rosa, a nightclub-packed neighborhood just blocks from the U.S. Embassy, has made national headlines and dominated TV news here.
April 25, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, Kate Mather and Richard Marosi
A man accused of kidnapping a 10-year-old girl from her Northridge bedroom and sexually assaulting her is expected to be arraigned Friday in a Los Angeles courtroom. Tobias Dustin Summers, a 32-year-old felon and reputed gang member, was captured Wednesday in Las Misiones, a small community about 200 miles south of the U.S. border in Mexico. He was arrested at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center there, ending a monthlong international dragnet. Officials did not provide details about his movements in Mexico, but  LAPD  Chief Charlie Beck said a phone tip received late Tuesday night narrowed the focus of the search.
August 1, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. announced Thursday that he is offering a $100,000 reward for information that leads to the capture and conviction of the person who kidnapped his mother last year. Vi Ripken was taken from her Aberdeen, Md., home at gunpoint on July 24, 2012, and returned unharmed 24 hours later. The Aberdeen Police Department released a sketch, photographs and a surveillance video that were believed to show the potential suspect, but he has never been identified.
May 17, 2011 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Riverside police announced Tuesday the arrest of a suspect who allegedly abducted a 9-year-old girl from her family's second-story apartment and then dropped her off hours later miles from her home. Details of the arrest will be made public at a Tuesday afternoon news conference, said Lt. Guy Toussaint of the Riverside Police Department. The girl, who was hospitalized with injuries related to the May 7 abduction, was knocking on doors asking for help around 1 a.m. after she was "dumped" by the assailant in a neighborhood west of the Galleria at Tyler mall in Riverside.
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