LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors filed kidnapping and burglary charges on Wednesday against a man suspected in the abduction of a 10-year-old Los Angeles girl who vanished from her home in the middle of the night and was found hours later six miles away.
Daniel Martinez, 29, is facing one count each of kidnapping and burglary. He was scheduled to be arraigned later Wednesday, when prosecutors will ask bail be set at $150,000.
If convicted of both counts, he could face as many as 12 years in prison.
The girl was abducted last week at about 3 a.m. and found around 12 hours later wandering near a Starbucks. She was barefoot, had bruises and scratches, and wasn't wearing the same clothes she had on when she vanished.
Authorities believe the girl was driven around the San Fernando Valley in a couple of cars and taken to at least two locations, including a storage facility, before she was released.
Investigators haven't disclosed a motive for the kidnapping.
The Los Angeles Times reported that law enforcement sources said the girl was sexually assaulted. Police officials would not confirm it but asked the media to not report information about "indignities" the girl may have suffered.
The Associated Press does not identify victims of sexual assault.
Martinez was arrested Sunday in Northridge, the area of Los Angeles where the girl lives. Court records show Martinez has been convicted of burglary and grand theft.
Police suspect Martinez was present when the kidnapping occurred, but it was unclear if he was there throughout the crime.
Police are still looking for Tobias Dustin Summers, a 30-year-old transient they identified as a suspect over the weekend. Summers has a criminal record dating back to 2002 that includes arrests for robbery, battery and grand theft auto.
Police have received as many as 90 tips in the past several days regarding Summers, who they believe may have fled to San Diego or Mexico and changed his appearance by shaving his head.
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