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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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NATIONAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2011 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
The record producer and former gang member who testified in criminal court that he was kidnapped by gang members looking for a sex tape of Shaquille O'Neal took his claims to civil court Friday, accusing the basketball star of ordering the attack on him. The former NBA star's attorney immediately rejected the accusations, calling them "outlandish" and "pure fiction" in a statement. The civil lawsuit is the latest twist in the case involving O'Neal, the record producer and a street gang that is working its way through the Los Angeles County criminal court system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2013 | By Richard Marosi, Kate Mather and Richard Winton
SAN DIEGO -- The search for the man suspected of kidnapping and repeatedly sexually assaulting a 10-year-old Northridge girl has extended south of the border after the fugitive was spotted crossing into Mexico, authorities said. Video footage showed Tobias Dustin Summers, 32, crossed into Tecate, Mexico, a few days ago, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announced Friday. It was unknown if he returned, the chief said. Details of the video, including how it was obtained and the date it was taken, were not revealed.
WORLD
October 27, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
The gunmen pointed rifles at his head, demanding answers. The captive named names. He had lots to say about the Juarez drug cartel. But this drug war interrogation, captured on a "narco-video," carried a twist. The handcuffed man before the camera was no nameless cartel henchman. He was the kidnapped brother of Patricia Gonzalez, the former top prosecutor of Mexico's most violent state, and his account was startling: that his sister took bribes to protect the so-called Juarez cartel and even ordered several high-profile killings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A professional clown was arrested Friday on suspicion of kidnapping and raping a girl nine years ago in Fullerton. Jose Guadalupe Jimenez, 41, of Anaheim was arrested in connection with the Jan. 19, 2002, crimes, in which a man dressed as a clown kidnapped and raped a 12-year-old girl. The suspect grabbed the girl from the corner of Lemon Street and Commonwealth Avenue, drove her to a nearby school parking lot and raped her, said Sgt. Andrew Goodrich of the Fullerton Police Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
OPINION
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.
NEWS
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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