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LA police ID suspect in girl's abduction case

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 31, 2013 at 12:08 pm •  Published: March 31, 2013

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A transient with a long criminal record is being sought for the kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl who was snatched from her San Fernando Valley home before dawn last week and abandoned hours later in front of a hospital.

Tobias Dustin Summers, 30, was identified by police on Saturday as a suspect in the case but they couldn't elaborate on the motive or what led them to him. Police also don't know if the girl was targeted.

"We have no information that the family knew this individual or that the individual knew any members of the family," Los Angeles Police Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese said.

About 40 detectives have been investigating since the girl was abducted from her home at around 3 a.m. Wednesday.

"They're working around the clock until this guy gets captured," Officer Norma Eisenman, a police spokeswoman, said Sunday. "As of right now, there are no new developments on the case."

The girl was found about 12 hours after she was abducted, wandering near a Starbucks several miles away.

The girl was barefoot, had bruises and scratches, and wasn't wearing the same clothes she had on when she vanished. She told police two men she didn't recognize had taken her from her home.

Police initially said they were looking for two suspects but now are focusing their efforts on Summers.

"This is the only person we are looking for right now," Albanese said Saturday.

Investigators have said they believe the girl was driven around the San Fernando Valley in a couple of cars and taken to at least two locations, including a storage facility, before she was released.

A passer-by who recognized her picture from media reports saw her outside the Starbucks and called police. The girl had wandered there from the hospital where she had been dropped off.

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