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Man stabs mother, carjacks, kidnaps child

A Chatsworth man was arrested after allegedly stabbing his mother, kidnapping a boy and leading deputies on a wild pursuit that ended in a crash.

December 18, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A Chatsworth man was arrested after allegedly stabbing his mother and leading deputies on a wild pursuit.The bizarre set of events began Friday on the 14 Freeway at the I-5 interchange where 30-year-old Aaron Clay Tanner allegedly stabbed his mother and pushed her out of the car.

He then drove to Newhall where he crashed into a vehicle. Tanner then allegedly carjacked a woman in another vehicle and kidnapped her 4-year-old son.

After crashing that car into a tree, investigators said he then stole a deputy's vehicle.

Tanner crashed the patrol car into a 4-foot-high block wall, went over an embankment and down a 100-foot drop. The car rolled several times and came to rest at the bottom of the drop, where it caught fire.

When deputies rushed to the crash to reach the suspect, they saw him reach for a shotgun that had been dislodged from the burning car.

The suspect fought with and bit deputies as they tried to take him into custody. Deputies used a stun gun on Tanner and he was ultimately arrested.

The kidnapped child was seat-belted in the car and received only minor injuries from the crash. Tanner's mother was stabbed multiple times in the upper body, but her injuries were believed to be non-life threatening.

Tanner faces several charges including suspicion of attempted murder, kidnapping, carjacking, attempted carjacking, auto theft, assault with a deadly weapon and felony hit-and-run with injuries.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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