Monday, June 18, 2018
Public safety

Sheriff: Trevor Summers had teen leave window unlocked, take siblings away, so he could kidnap estranged wife

RUSKIN — When her dad called and asked her to leave a window open in her mom's Valrico home on Friday night, the 14-year-old girl obeyed.

A judge refereeing marital strife had barred parents Trevor and Alisa Summers from seeing each other. But the father told his eldest daughter they could put all those worries behind them if he just talked to her mom. Her parents could finally reconcile, he told the girl, but it would take privacy and time.

He then handed the 14-year-old the keys to his car and told her to drive her siblings to his home and wait for the good news.

But that's not what happened.

Instead, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said Trevor Summers kidnapped his wife early Saturday morning, tying her wrists and holding her captive in the back seat of her sport-utility vehicle until deputies found them about 10:30 a.m. Monday in the carport of a waterfront home in Ruskin.

When found, Alisa Summers had a cut on her wrist and her husband had a self-inflicted stab wound to his neck, Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee said. She jumped from the car and was hysterical, but alive, Gee said. Trevor Summers, 39, resisted deputies until finally allowing an ambulance to take him to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Now he is in custody and facing charges of kidnapping, grand theft of his wife's vehicle and violation of a domestic violence injunction. Additional charges could come as investigators gather more details from Alisa Summers about the events that transpired during her nearly two day drive with her husband, Gee said.

"Obviously she is very upset, and we're going to take our time interviewing her," Gee said at a Monday news conference held near the dirt road at the Inn at Little Harbor where a witness first spotted the SUV.

Photos of the couple flooded news outlets Sunday, a day after a witness at a Walgreen's in the Fish Hawk Ranch area on Saturday night saw Alisa Summers jump out of her dark blue Saturn Outlook with her hands tied behind her back, screaming for help. Her husband rushed from the store, put his wife back in the SUV and drove off about 9:05 p.m., deputies said.

The tag number reported by witness led deputies to identify Alisa Summers, 37, who asked a Hillsborough judge for a domestic violence injunction against her husband in October, filed for divorce in November. In February, she again sought protection, saying he pulled a knife on her during a divorce settlement meeting and held her captive for several hours, threatening to bind her with duct tape and rope.

When deputies arrived at Trevor Summers' home after the Walgreens incident, they discovered the children, still waiting for their parents' return, said sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter.

The children initially told investigators that their mother had brought them with her when she went to their father's house Saturday to talk about their marriage. However, the children later admitted it was their father who traveled to their mother's home and handed them the keys to his car.

It was still dark when Trevor Summers entered the window of his estranged wife's home early Saturday morning, Gee said. At first he told his daughter to take a couple of siblings and drive around the block while he talked with their mother. But then around 5:30 a.m. he called the daughter's cell phone and asked her to come back home, collect the rest of her siblings, and wait at his house.

"Obviously there was some manipulation going on and sometimes that can be part of the problem for law enforcement," the sheriff said, "one parent can be manipulating and we don't have children that can give us an independent verification of anything."

The kids' mother said she was held prisoner in her home for several hours before Trevor Summers drove to the Walgreens and law enforcement learned she was in danger. Then around 10 a.m. Monday, another witness spotted the wanted SUV parked on a dirt road near a garbage bin for Hooks Waterfront Bar and Grill, located inside the Inn at Little Harbor campus.

The SUV drove away while the witness called the Sheriff's Office. The witness followed the vehicle at a distance for two miles as Trevor Summers drove out of the resort, past the Shell Point Marina and into the left carport underneath 3508 Shell Point Road.

The owners of the home didn't know the Summers and were at work when deputies showed up.

Gee said the wounds on Alisa Summers' wrist may have been inflicted by Trevor Summers. She was still in the process of telling detectives of all that transpired late Monday, but had divulged that her husband became angry when she attempted escape at the Walgreens, and drove around the Tampa Bay area for hours until finally stopping to spend Saturday night in a wooded area in Ruskin, where he threw their cell phones from the SUV. But deputies have not yet said where they spent Sunday night.

Trevor Summers admitted to taking his wife against her will by Monday evening, according to the Sheriff's Office, but did not divulge his plans or motivations. He was scheduled to be sentenced on federal fraud charges on Wednesday in a Philadelphia courtroom.

HCSO

Alisa Summers

 

Married in Pennsylvania in 2001, they are separated and both have injunctions against the other.

They couple's children, ages 3 to 14, are staying with Trevor Summers' father, according to the Sheriff's Office. The Department of Children and Families has also opened an investigation into the family.

Previous coverage: What happened over the weekend

Times senior news researcher John Martin and staff writers Steve Contorno and Christopher O'Donnell contributed to this report.

     
 
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