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Deputies led on wild chase that includes crashes, carjacking, kidnapping



A 30-year-old Chatsworth man was in custody Friday night in Santa Clarita after a dramatic string of crimes involving a stabbing, an assault, a carjacking, a kidnapping, another auto theft, multiple car crashes and resisting arrest, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

Authorities said the chain of events started about 5:50 p.m. when Aaron Clay Tanner allegedly stabbed his mother multiple times and pushed her out of their car on the 14 Freeway at the interchange with the 5 Freeway, near Mission Hills.

Tanner then drove north on the 14 and exited at the Newhall Avenue off-ramp in Newhall, authorities said. At the bottom of the off-ramp, he reportedly crashed into another vehicle in a park-and-ride lot. About 6 p.m., a witness called the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station to report the hit-and-run. Deputies soon arrived and a woman told them that she had been assaulted and that her PT Cruiser had been carjacked, with her 4-year-old son inside.

A deputy spotted the PT Cruiser about four miles away, where the suspect had crashed it near Carl Boyer Avenue and Golden Valley Road in Canyon Country. The suspect had rear-ended another vehicle and then backed into a tree, disabling the PT Cruiser.

As the deputy hurried to help the child, the suspect got out of the car, circled around and stole the deputy’s car, the Sheriff’s Department said. The deputy immediately alerted other patrol deputies and a nearby Sheriff’s Department helicopter.

Near Newhall Ranch and Santa Clarita roads in Saugus, deputies pursuing the suspect saw him drive at a high rate of speed to the end of a cul-de-sac. He crashed the patrol car head-on into a 4-foot block wall, went over an embankment and dropped about 100 feet. The car rolled several times and came to rest at the bottom, where it caught on fire.

As the deputies rushed to reach the suspect and the burning radio car, they saw the suspect reaching for a shotgun that had become dislodged in the vehicle. The deputies tussled with the suspect, eventually using a Taser to subdue him. The suspect bit several deputies on their legs and hands as they tried to handcuff him.

“Numerous people are being medically treated because of the suspect’s outrageously violent actions,” said Capt. Mike Parker of the sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau. “A lot of cars were damaged, but more than anything else we are concerned about all the adults and child who were injured, and hope they all come out of this OK.”

The child, who received minor injuries, was treated by doctors and released. His mother was being treated at a hospital for injuries to her face. The mother and child are residents of Palmdale.

The mother of the suspect was stabbed multiple times in her upper body, but preliminary reports were that her injuries were not life-threatening. She also lives in Chatsworth. All other victims are residents of Santa Clarita Valley.

Tanner was hospitalized in serious condition. The Sheriff’s Department said he would be booked on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, carjacking, attempted carjacking, auto theft, assault with a deadly weapon, evading arrest, and felony hit-and-run with injuries. His bail amount was expected to be about $500,000.

-- Martha Groves

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The deputies should have shot this mad man when he was reaching for the dislodged shotgun.

Busy guy

Aaron Clay Tanner from Chatsworth...boy, when white people snap, they sure go out with a bang dont they? Meth is a hell of a drug. smh

wonder if his country club membership was revoked

how about no bail??????????


Los Angeles County sure has a good Sheriffs despite the selected few who may be no more. Deputy Creager is one whom I appreciate because his quick presence-action was the 1st duty and Fire Station (County) ,"26" did there thing! Who wants to look at a maimed leg and do something aboat it? The above does!
The point is too how many residents dont take the time to report suspious activities because they think the ,"cops" already know it and or dont care, wrong! If one's breaking the law the Sheriffs/Police will certainly uphold that yet whem one earnestly or not needs help they hold up to the,"protect & Serve! It is the residents/citizens that are to be vigilant of there surroundings and neiborhoods! Countless people in many ways have little respect for themselves and law enforcement,great just open the door some more for criminal activity. Be different wish a sheriff,policeman a Merry Christmas,Shalom, a thank you. It's there lives that are put on the line more than ours,think aboat it,they truly protect and serve, thank you.

Can you imagine the terror the Mother of the child was going through. Oh my God!!! This guy sounds like something you could only dream about in a very terrible nightmare. Thank-God, this dude was stopped. By the way, it seems there is a mental evaluation needed to be focused right away for this guy. He might have gone off his medication, and shouldn't be with the regular inmates. Send him to a medical jail. So,he can not do this to his cellmates and
staff at the county jail.

Of course we will not print a photo of Mr Tanner. People might make unfair assumptions.

this sounds like a movie. i am still trying to wrap my mind around what this guy did, just makes you shake your head & wonder how a man gets killed with a water nozzle in his hand & this guy is still alive.

I have profound doubts that Justice will prevail. Restitution to the victims will be nil as our courts coddle criminals, giving them every escape possible from responsibility and consequences. Eyewitness testimony doesn't even matter anymore. The case will drag on years and years at the cost of millions of tax dollars. And in the end, will serve as much time as someone who was caught with weed. I truly hope that I am wrong, but the stats scream no. Please surprise me.

500 grand for all that...should be more. Sounds like he will be having a cell with his name on it for a long time to come and he deserves it.

The Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department's deputies are by far the most superb crime fighting machine in the world. They keep the streets safe so people like you and I may sleep comfortable at night. Here was another example of how the dumb criminals think that they can get away with their actions.

Well now; it seems that Californians never cease to amaze. I suspect the officer who lost his/her car is now driving something he can handle, like a desk? This guy will get off with minimum time and cost state taxpayers thousands of dollars. I bet he is eating and getting medical care better than many disabled conbat Vets and homeless mothers & kids right now.

Criminal coddling is an example of California's hypocritical Progressive value system; and is why (besides, there are few real jobs for honest people ) that I left my broken home state to the Left-wing hyenas....

===see you and your now Ex Govenor, in Florida, ---if you are all really smart.

"Aaron Clay Tanner allegedly stabbed his mother multiple times and pushed her out of their car"

Sounds like a lovely family Christmas outing. The kind that this Obama economy will be seeing much more of, I am sure. I think he should have waited for Mother's day.

this guy apparently is a one man demolition machine intent on injuring any man woman or child in his demented path and for what good reason one is driven to ask reading this?
we have officers and deputies under criticism for drawing weapons and firing them in lesser situations, here we find some individual went on a rampage and save for his own self imposed injuries not a shot was fired?

Would this suspect still be alive if he was not white? Stabbing, kidnapping, reaching for a gun and physically assaulting police officers. People have been killed for lesser crimes if they happened to have darker skin pigmentation.
Something to think about this weekend.

Wow, and they did not shot this guy. After hearing about all the police shooting unarmed suspects, they thought was armed. This idiot goes on a rampage, but they manage to subdue him. What is wrong with this picture?

Admirable restraint from the Deputies, quite unlike the police in Long Beach who were "threatened" by the poor guy with the water hose...

I'm sorry but tasered? Why tasered? Why is he still alive?

Only 500,000. This dude will post bail and be back terrorizing the streets again.

Some people have the will of a dinasaur


All those charges and his bail is only $500,000??? Hell, he even gets bail???

wow. what a story

They should have SHOT this piece of TRASH.

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