2 MEN CHARGED IN KIDNAPPING OF 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A convicted felon planned to burglarize a San Fernando Valley home but ended up kidnapping a 10-year-old girl at knifepoint and sexually assaulting her after his partner in crime fled, authorities revealed Wednesday.
The details were included in charges that were brought against Tobias Summers, a 30-year-old transient who remains a fugitive, and his 29-year-old accomplice, Daniel Martinez.
According to police, Summers broke into the house in the middle of the night March 27 while Martinez waited in a getaway car. Summers emerged from the home with the girl and they both got in the car.
Martinez drove a short distance and then abandoned the vehicle and disappeared. Summers took the girl to a vacant home nearby where he held her captive, police said.
At some point, according to a criminal complaint, Summers sexually assaulted her and forced her to pose for nude photos. The girl turned up about 12 hours later after the harrowing ordeal, disoriented and disheveled.
Police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said it was unclear why Summers abducted the girl but investigators don't believe he had targeted her when he initially went to the home.
Summers was charged with kidnapping burglary and nearly three dozen counts of sexual assault. If convicted, he faces multiple life terms in prison.
POLICE SHOOT, KILL SUSPECT IN YUBA CITY: YUBA CITY (AP) — Police have shot and killed a man in Northern California who was being chased by officers following two armed robberies.
The shooting in Yuba City occurred around 2:45 a.m. Wednesday.
Police say the suspect, who has not been identified, matched the description of the man who robbed a Yuba City Burger King and a Marysville Taco Bell.
Police pursued the vehicle the man was in and opened fire after the chase ended, killing him.
MAN MAKING FIREWORKS BURNED IN OC HOME EXPLOSION: WESTMINSTER (AP) — A man making homemade fireworks has been burned in an explosion at an Orange County home.
Several nearby homes were evacuated for hours after the Tuesday afternoon blast in a Westminster garage.
City News service says firefighters put out small fires at the home.
Authorities say the man received second- and third-degree burns and remains hospitalized. His name hasn't been released.
Police say they also found methamphetamine at the man's home. Police Cpl. Eddie Esqueda says he could face explosives and drug sale charges.
SUICIDE BLAMED FOR DEADLY HEAD-ON HIGHWAY CRASH: SAN MARCOS (AP) — Authorities say a head-on crash that killed two drivers on a San Diego County highway was a case of suicide.
The medical examiner's office says 48-year-old Yi Liu deliberately drove her Nissan Maxima into oncoming traffic Monday on State Route 78 in San Marcos.
The San Marcos woman killed herself and the other driver, 38-year-old Maria Lopez of Escondido.
The medical examiner's office says Liu was suffering from depression.