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  • Man charged with attempted carjacking in Dustin Acres

  • Victim attacked in his car but was able to flee
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  • A Bakersfield man became the victim of a robbery and carjacking attempt in Dustin Acres last week after giving a woman a ride through a ride-sharing app on a smart phone.
    The alleged attacker is a convicted felon who had been featured on Taft's Most Wanted.
    Kern County Sheriff's Sgt. Marc Haiungs said the victim, a 29-year-old Bakersfield resident whose name was not released, gave a woman he met through the app a ride to a home on the 2700 block of Highway 119 in Dustin Acres on July 29.
    He also agreed to give the victim a ride back to Bakersfield later in the day.
    When the victim returned to pick the woman up, a man later identified as Cesar Aguilar Sanchez, 22, also known as Cesar Aguilar, came from the residence and got in the front passenger seat of the car.
    After a discussion, the victim agreed to give Sanchez and the woman a ride to Bakersfield.
    At that point, however, Haiungs said, Sanchez attacked the victim, punching him in the face several times while demanding his car and cell phone.
    The victim was able to exit the vehicle and fled.
    Sanchez chased him for a time but quit when the victim started flagging down cars.
    The victim then returned to his car and contacted deputies.
    The investigation led them to Aguilar, who was wanted on a no-bail parole warrant and was featured in the July 25 Taft's Most Wanted.
    Deputies subsequently located Aguilar and arrested him for carjacking, second degree robbery and a parole violation.
    Only the carjacking charge was filed in Kern County Superior Court.
    Court records show Aguilar was on parole for a January 2013 conviction for auto theft and resisting arrest.

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