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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Man charged with assault with skateboard, robbery

  • Dog shot and killed during investigation
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  • Taft Police arrested a suspect Friday afternoon in connection with an attack with a skateboard the night before that sent a woman to the hospital.
    During the investigation, a dog was shot by a Kern County Sheriff's deputy.
    The dog later died.
    The events started taking place just after 6 p.m. Thursday when police received a report of an assault in the 400 block of Finley Drive, Taft Police Lt. Pete Aranda said.
    A short time later, they were able to locate the victim on the 500 block of Fifth Street.
    The victim, whose name was not released, suffered facial lacerations and was taken to a Bakersfield hospital, where she was treated and released, Aranda said.
    While deputies were at the scene to assist Taft Police, one deputy was charged by what Aranda described as “an aggressive pit bull.”
    The deputy shot the dog. It later died, Kern County Sheriff's Sgt. Martin Downs said.
    The KSO is investigating that part of the incident.
    During the assault, Aranda said, the victim was apparently struck in the head with a skateboard.
    The male suspect took some money from her after she was knocked to the ground, the lieutenant added,
    The suspect, identified as Manual Miranda, was located and arrested Friday afternoon.
    He is charged with spousal abuse, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.

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