Hostage held during car theft, pursuit with Kern County Sheriff's deputies, McFarland police

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A woman was pushed out of her own car during a grand theft auto and hostage situation.

On August 19, at about 4:30 a.m., deputies with the Kern County Sheriff's Office received a report of a stolen vehicle from the Wasco area.

About fifteen minutes later a patrol deputy saw the vehicle between Wasco and McFarland and began to follow the car. The deputy followed the car until two McFarland Police cars came to assist. The deputy then attempted to stop the stolen vehicle which refused to stop.

Officials said a pursuit then began. At one point, officials said the driver, identified as 26-year-old Luis Patricio Pedroza, then rammed a McFarland patrol car with the allegedly stolen vehicle. 

Pedroza began driving on Hwy 99 against oncoming traffic, when his vehicle became diabled in the center median. Pedroza then fled on foot and hid in a neighborhood.

Law enforcement said they then called the SWAT team and requested a helicopter assist in the search for Pedroza.

According to reports, officers saw Pedroza on the roof of a house and then make his way into the home on Industrial Street where he encountered several occupants inside the home.

Deputies searching for Pedroza found him inside the home, at which time Pedroza physically took hold of a woman resident. Pedroza then held a knife on the woman and threatened to harm her.

Pedroza was able to force the woman into a bedroom inside the home, where deputies lost sight of him. Deputies then evacuated the home, set up a perimeter around the home and initiated a SWAT callout.

Pedroza was then able to get to the garage area of the home and entered a vehicle parked in the garage while still holding the woman hostage at knifepoint. Pedroza opened the garage door and tried to back out of the garage while holding the woman on his lap. After ramming a police patrol car several times, he was able to drive away in the second vehicle. Pedroza forced the woman out of the vehicle while it was moving a short distance away. She suffered minor injuries.

After another short pursuit on Highway 99, Pedroza reportedly jumped out of the allegedly stolen vehicle and tried to run away. After a short foot pursuit, officers said the suspect continued to resist. Tasers were used and a McFarland police K-9 was deployed.

Deputies and McFarland officers were then able to take Pedroza into custody. Pedroza was taken to Kern Medical Center for treatment and then released. He was booked into the Kern County Jail for two counts of felony evading, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a person, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, carjacking, two counts of attempt carjacking, kidnapping, four coutns of false imprisonment, two counts of resisting arrest, burglary, auto theft, home invasion robbery, and kidnapping during the commission of a home invasion robbery.

Two officers sustained minor injuries during the incident.

On 23ABC News at 5 p.m. we have an interview with the victim. She shows the damage done to her home.


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