Suspect accused of stealing car at gunpoint while woman, child flee
A Taft man has been arrested in connection with a carjacking in Ford City earlier this month.
The Kern County Sheriff said the car was taken at gunpoint from a man and the man' wife and young child were able to escape just before the gunman stole the car.
The suspect is identified as Tony Wayne Campbell, 35. He is being held without bail. he is charged with robbery, carjacking and auto theft. He is also being held on a violation of post release supervision.
The Sheriff gave this account:
On August 10, 2016, at about 4:38 p.m. Taft Substation deputies were dispatched to 300 Block of Adams Street to investigate a carjacking. The adult male victim told deputies that after parking his 2004 Acura TSX in a parking lot in the 300 block of Adams Street he was approached by a white male adult with tattoos on his face. The suspect lifted up his shirt, exposing a handgun in his waistband and demanded the keys to the victim’s vehicle. Fearing for his life, the victim provided the suspect with the keys to the vehicle. As the suspect was approaching the vehicle the victim’s wife was able to remove their child from the car seat shortly before the suspect entered the vehicle and drove away.
On August 12, the California Highway Patrol located the Acura TSX abandoned and burned on the shoulder of State Route 166 in Santa Maria California. Through the course of the investigation, Taft Substation Investigators developed probable cause to arrest Campbell for the carjacking.
On August 18, 2016, Taft Substation Investigators located and arrested Campbell at his residence in the 300 Block of Polk Street.