SANTA CLARITA (CBSLA) – A carjacking suspect was chased by sheriff’s deputies Thursday before he crashed into several vehicles and fled into a mobile home community in the Santa Clarita area, authorities said.
The crash occurred around 3 p.m. on Soledad Canyon Road east of Golden Oak, sheriff’s officials said.
At least one person was pulled from the wreckage and taken to nearby hospital with unknown injuries.
The suspect — who was believed to be armed — ran from the scene into the neighboring Greenbrier Mobile Estates mobile home community.
Sheriff’s deputies contained the area and residents were advised to shelter in place while the search was underway, according to officials.
The suspect – who was not immediately identified – was taken into custody around 5:30 p.m., authorities said.
Thursday evening, KCAL9’s Jeff Nguyen spoke to Curtis Young, the father of the innocent driver who was hit.
“He doesn’t know what happened,” Young said. He said his son was hit while coming home from work.
Young says they are waiting for test results but his son is in good spirits.
“His back was bothering him,” said Young, “his chest was bothering him. He has a hard time breathing.”
What happened after the crash was witnessed by neighbors who say the suspect ran into a shed. Dogs from the Sheriff’s Department were able to track his scent.
Tim Voltaw said he heard deputies trying to negotiate with the suspect for nearly half an hour.
“He said ‘You’re going to shoot me, you’re going to shoot me.’ And they they said ‘We’re not going to shoot you. We’re not going to shoot you,'” says Voltaw.
A neighbor we will call Dave says deputies were very kind with the suspect.
“They were real, actually compassionate with the young man once they put him in a stretcher and then gurney and then treated him and then transported him.”
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