TAFT, Calif. - On July 29 at 2:56 p.m., deputies from the Taft Substation of the Kern County Sheriff's Office responded to investigate a carjacking that had occurred in the 27000 block of 119 Highway in Dustin Acres.
During investigation, the deputies said they learned a 29-year-old Bakersfield resident agreed to give a woman a ride from Bakersfield to a residence in the 27000 block of 119 Highway in Dustin Acres.
Deputies said the woman used a smart phone ride-sharing “app” to find the victim.
After the victim dropped the woman off at the residence, deputies said she made arrangements for the victim to give her a return ride to Bakersfield later in the afternoon.
Deputies said the victim arrived back at the residence around 2:30 pm and waited for the woman to come outside. Instead, an unknown man, who was later identified as 22-year-old Valley Acres resident Cesar Aguilar-Sanchez, entered the victim’s front passenger seat.
Deputies said after a brief exchange of words, the victim agreed to transport Aguilar-Sanchez and the woman to Bakersfield.
Before the victim started driving, Aguilar-Sanchez punched the victim multiple times in the face while demanding the victim give him the victim’s car and cell phone, according to deputies.
Deputies said the victim was able to remove the “smart key” from the vehicle and fled on foot before Aguilar-Sanchez chased after the victim until the victim started flagging down vehicles driving by.
The victim was able to return to his vehicle, flee the area, and contact law enforcement.
Deputies returned to the area in Dustin Acres to continue their investigation.
A records check of Aguilar-Sanchez revealed he had an active felony parole warrant and was recently featured on Taft’s Most Wanted.
Deputies located and arrested Aguilar-Sanchez for carjacking, second degree robbery, and for violating parole. He was transported and booked into the Central Receiving Facility Jail.
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