Northridge Kidnapping Prime Suspect Arrested In Mexico

Northridge Kidnapping Suspect Arrested In Mexico

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In the age of political correctness where everyone measures their words in an attempt to not offend someone, it's always a pleasure to speak to a person who tells it like it is.

Tonight I had a long conversation with Commander Alfredo Arenas of the Baja California State Police. He's also the Chief Liaison on the Fugitive Recovery Unit - the task force dedicated to bring those who run south of the border to hide from the law, back to or side of the border to face the law.

I've known the Commander for many years and have always found him to be a great interview, both in Spanish and English, because he doesn't mince words and calls it as he sees it.

Career criminal accused of kidnapping and raping a little girl? "He's a trash bag."' says Arenas. Not an "alleged trash bag", nope, just a trash bag. 

Arenas headed the team that took Tobias Summers into custody this morning as he hid in a rehab center in a small town - population 920 or so - south of Tijuana.

A rehab center? "He wasn't there to get help, that's for sure." says Arenas. "He was hiding there and boy was he scared when all my police officers arrived. He tried to hide but it was too late."

Having familiarized himself with the many faces of Tobias Summers, thanks to his  lifetime of mugshots, Arenas warned his men that their suspect may not look like well, their suspect. 

So in español, he told them "Busquen a Superman", "Look for Superman"' a reference to one of Summers' many tattoos. And look they did and there was the superhero, inked on his skin.

"Superman helped us make the arrest", said Arenas.

We also talked a lot about the tendency criminals have to make a run for the border. "They think they can hide here because they probably watched too many old westerns where the bad guys crossed the border. It's not like that. Last year we sent over 600 fugitives back to the United States. We're really good at what we do."

Mexico has enough problems of it's own and it certainly doesn't need our trash. Oops, did I type that out loud?

Arenas also had a warning to those thinking about committing a crime in his territory and on his beat "I have two words for them: Mexican Jail and it's not nice."

Good job, Comandante Arenas!

Muchas gracias.

(FOX 11) Tobias Summers, a fugitive wanted in the kidnapping and assault of a 10-year-old Northridge girl three weeks ago, was captured at a rehab center in Mexico.

The 30-year-old was transported to Los Angeles on Wednesday. He has been charged with 37 felony charges, including numerous sexual assault counts.

"Anybody in this city who thinks they can commit that kind of crime and remain free after doing so ... we'll hunt you, we'll find you, you cannot hide," LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said.

At the rehab center, Summers was "really scared when he saw us," a commander from the Baja California State Police said. The parolee was last seen on security video at the Tecate crossing between Mexico and the US on March 30th.

Late Tuesday night, FBI officials contacted Mexican authorities after a phone tip. Someone at La Mision, the high end drug rehab and detox south of Rosarito, recognized him.

The LA County Probation Department confirms they got a call around the same time, with the tipster saying he recognized Summers from the department's LA's Most Wanted, which airs on FOX 11.

Police say they first did not recognize, the "skinny white guy", but that a distinctive Superman tattoo on his chest gave him away. They handed him over to FBI and LAPD officers waiting at the San Ysidro crossing.

Summers has a criminal record dating to 2002 that includes arrests for robbery, battery and grand theft auto.

Daniel Martinez, the other suspect in the case, was arrested soon after the kidnapping.

Court records show Martinez has been convicted of burglary and grand theft. He has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and burglary.

The Associated Press Contributed To This Report

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