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Fugitive Tobias Summers seen crossing into Mexico

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The man charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl in Northridge and thought to be in San Diego is now in Mexico.

According to Los Angeles police, 30-year-old Tobias Summers was recorded at the Tecate border crossing into Mexico.

The Los Angeles Police Department is working with both the FBI and Mexican authorities.

They wouldn't say how long ago the footage was taken, but believe he could be anywhere, possibly Tijuana.

"It is not only in the best interest of the city of Los Angeles but also North America that Summers is captured to keep our children safe," said L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck.

That declaration includes Mexico, where investigators say Summers was spotted on surveillance footage walking into the country.

Summers is accused of kidnapping a 10-year-old girl from her Northridge home, sexually assaulting her, then leaving her in a parking lot 12 hours later.

"We have no way to know if he has returned since that journey. But, we are focusing our efforts on that region," Beck said.

While authorities have been on the lookout for Summers, experts say they are not surprised he was able to avoid them.

A map shows where you can easily park your car in the United States, and within seconds walk down the street into Mexico.

Which may be why he went unnoticed. Police there have reportedly passed out flyers and searched a home in Tijuana.

Still, no arrests have been made.

Retired San Diego Police Detective Rick Carlson says, although Summers is one step ahead, he won't stay hidden for long.

"A Mexican citizen may have more rights in Mexico than a non-Mexican and you're right, he will stand out...easier to take into custody," said Carlson.

With that being said, getting Summers back into the United States would normally be a timely process.

But extradition will be easier this time, considering Summers has officially been charged in this case.

Summers' accomplice, Daniel Martinez has already been arrested and charged with burglary and kidnapping. Police do not believe he sexually assaulted the girl.  

If convicted, Summers faces multiple life terms in prison.

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