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Chatsworth Man Charged With Multiple Felonies

khts_crimeMultiple felony charges including assault, carjacking and assault on a peace officer were filed today against a 30-year-old Chatsworth man accused of a string of crimes that started with the stabbing of his mother last Friday.

Aaron Clay Tanner, 31, was charged with one count each of assault with a deadly weapon, a knife; assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury; kidnapping for carjacking; attempted carjacking; and felony evading law enforcement.

He additionally was charged with two felony counts of carjacking, two misdemeanor counts of hit-run driving and nine felony counts of assault on a peace officer. Bail was recommended at slightly more than $1.9 million. Arraignment is scheduled for tomorrow in Department 130, San Fernando Superior Court.


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Tanner was arrested Friday night after the string of crimes that started on the 14 Freeway near Sylmar and continued on into the Santa Clarita Valley. The first incident was the stabbing of Tanner’s mother, authorities said. She was pushed from their car. Authorities said she is expected to survive her wounds.

Other incidents included crashing into vehicles, carjacking and crashing a vehicle with a 4-year-old child inside, carjacking a Sheriff’s patrol car and leading deputies on a chase crashing that vehicle too. The child was recovered from the first carjacked car. He, his mother and several Sheriff’s deputies were treated for injuries in connection with the melee, authorities said.

If convicted, the defendant faces a possible sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Deputy District Attorney Carolyn McNary of the San Fernando office filed the case. It was assigned to Deputy District Attorney William S. Chung to prosecute.