Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

News

The Stabbing, Kidnapping, Biting, Carjacking, Shotgun Pulling, Cliff Jumping, Patrol Car Stealing & Patrol Car Burning Incident

Before you read more...
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.

According to an LASD newsroom release, "A 30-year old Chatsworth man is in custody in Santa Clarita after stabbing his mother multiple times; carjacking a car from a second woman, assaulting her and kidnapping her 4-year old son, then crashing the carjacked car; stealing a deputy’s car when he rushed to rescue the child; driving off a 100’ embankment and crashing and burning the deputy’s radio car; then trying to pull the shotgun from the burning patrol car; and fighting with and biting deputies who arrested him."

The violencefest began at about 5:50 p.m. on Friday night when suspect Aaron Clay Tanner of Chatsworth stabbed his mother and pushed her out of a car near Mission Hills by the Antelope Valley and 5 freeway interchange.

Tanner exited in Newhall, allegedly crashing into a vehicle in the off-ramp Park and Ride lot. Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station received their first call about a hit and run, however deputies responding to the scene found a woman claiming she was assaulted and her PT Cruiser carjacked with her 4-year old son inside as well as hit and run.

The stolen car was located approximately four miles away, crashed into another vehicle, and backed into a tree. While a deputy rushed to render aid to the abducted child whom he correctly believed was still inside the otherwise abandoned vehicle, the suspect stole the officer's patrol car.

Support for LAist comes from

Using his portable radio, the deputy broadcasted the suspect’s last seen coordinates to a nearby Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department helicopter that pursued the suspect down to the end of the cul-da-sac where he crashed into a four foot high wall, went over an embankment, toppled down a 100 foot drop, rolled over several times, and caught on fire.

The suspect then reached for a shotgun in the wreckage of the demolished car and deputies engaged in a physical struggle, including use of a Taser, in order to subdue Tanner before he was able to arm himself.

Injury status: The kidnapped child received minor injuries including a scratch under his eye and his carjacked mother is being treated in a local hospital for injuries to her face. Despite being stabbed multiple times in the upper body, preliminary reports indicate that the suspect's mother did not sustain life-threatening injuries. Several deputies are being treated for a variety of injuries including bites on the legs and hands while handcuffing the suspect.

The suspect is in serious condition in a local hospital, "due to the multiple traffic collisions and acts of violence," and will be booked for 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 will likely be approximately $500,000.00 according to the police statement.