LOS ANGELES (AP) — A fugitive charged with abducting and sexually assaulting a 10-year-old Los Angeles girl has been captured in a village in Mexico after he checked himself into rehab under a fake name and police identified him from a Superman tattoo on his chest, authorities said Wednesday.
Tobias Summers, 30, was taken into custody by Mexican authorities acting on information from the FBI, according to bureau spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.
A news conference in Los Angeles to announce the arrest was scheduled for noon.
"We're glad we got him," said Los Angeles police Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese, who heads the detective bureau. "We're working on getting him back to Los Angeles right now."
Officers acting on a tip from the FBI tracked Summers to a drug and alcohol treatment facility in a tiny village on the coast between Tijuana and Ensenada, according to Alfredo Arenas, international liaison for the Baja California state police.
Summers had checked into the facility under a false name, but police identified him from a Superman logo tattooed on his chest, Arenas said. He was arrested early Wednesday with no struggle.
"He was pretty scared," Arenas said. "We had him in custody very fast."
The victim vanished from her home in the Northridge area of Los Angeles on March 27. She was found about 12 hours later wandering near a Starbucks several miles away.
Authorities later arrested Daniel Martinez as a suspected accomplice and revealed that Summers had been spotted in a video recording as he crossed the border into Mexico at Tecate, east of San Diego.
Authorities believe Summers broke into the girl's home planning to burglarize it but instead abducted her at knifepoint. They believe Martinez was waiting outside in a car the two used to flee with the girl.
Martinez soon abandoned the car and vanished, police have said, while Summers took the girl to a vacant home where he assaulted her.
Summers is charged with kidnapping, burglary and nearly three dozen counts of sexual assault. He's described as a transient with a criminal record including convictions for burglary and grand theft.
On Wednesday, the FBI website showed pictures of Summers and his tattoos with the word "captured" across the bottom of each photo.
Martinez, 29, has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and burglary.
Mexican authorities distributed "wanted" posters with Summers' picture and put police in the cities of Tecate, Ensenada and Rosarito Beach on alert.
Summers has a criminal record dating to 2002 that includes arrests for robbery, battery and grand theft auto. Court records show Martinez has been convicted of burglary and grand theft.
Associated Press writer Christopher Weber contributed.