LAPD Warns Real Estate Agents to Lock Up Vacant Homes in Wake of Northridge Abduction
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We know who the suspects are in the horrific abduction of a Northridge 10-year-old last week.
But one accomplice has gone unnamed: an empty home somewhere in the West Valley where atrocities against the girl allegedly occurred:
Cops say a home that was for sale or possibly in escrow was unlocked and thus easy prey for a suspect accused of holding the victim and sexually assaulting her for hours on March 27.
The residence in the West Valley has been identified by detectives, the LAPD said. The exact address was not released.
The department warned real estate agents to keep vacant homes locked up:
The vacant home was listed on the market to be sold or may have been already sold and going through escrow. Taking the child to the home was an integral part of the suspects' plan to evade capture.
As detectives continue to search for Tobias Dustin Summers, the primary kidnapping suspect, they ask that realtors who show homes to prospective buyers, especially in the Topanga, West Valley and Devonshire areas, ensure that all windows, doors, back houses, sheds, garages and basements are securely locked.
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