San Diego police investigate sighting of Northridge kidnap suspect Tobias Dustin Summers

Tip led police to Handlery Hotel in Mission Valley

SAN DIEGO - A report that a kidnapping suspect was seen in Mission Valley turned out to be a false alarm, police said Tuesday.

San Diego police said they received a tip that 30-year-old Tobias Dustin Summers may have been at the Handlery Hotel in Hotel Circle Monday night. Police looked into the report, but did not find Summers.

Investigators announced Monday that Summers, one of two suspects in the kidnapping , may have traveled to the San Diego area, and possibly has changed his appearance by shaving his head.

Summers' alleged accomplice, 29-year-old Daniel Martinez of West Hills, was arrested Sunday and was jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.

The girl was abducted around 3 a.m. Wednesday and found about 12 hours later, wandering near a Starbucks several miles away. She was barefoot, had bruises and scratches, and wasn't wearing the same clothes she had on when she vanished.

Summers has a lengthy rap sheet dating back to 2002 and was released from custody last July, apparently as a result of the state's effort to relieve prison overcrowding. He has served prison terms for robbery, kidnapping, explosives possession and petty theft, according to police.

Summers is a 6-foot, roughly 160-pound white man with blond hair and blue eyes. A transient known to frequent Devonshire, North Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley, he has large tattoos of a flaming skull and a woman on his right arm.

Authorities haven't given a motive for the kidnapping, but said they don't believe Summers knew the family.

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