TAFT — Police arrested a man after he allegedly tried choking a pregnant woman to death on Wednesday afternoon in the small rural town of Taft in southwest Kern County.
Gary Scott Fuller, 37, of Taft, was booked into Taft jail and charged with attempted murder, cruelty to child, possession of a controlled substance, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia and evading arrest in a vehicle.
According to Taft police chief Ed Whiting, officers were called out to a home in the 300 block of South Sixth Street to a report of a pregnant woman being chased by a man. When officers arrived on the scene, they were told by witnesses that the woman had escaped and was hiding nearby, while the suspect was seen fleeing the area in a vehicle.
Officers began a search and quickly located the victim, Randell Ewing, 22, of Taft, unconscious in the backyard of a nearby condominium complex, Whiting said. “After a short pursuit through the downtown area of our city,” Whiting said, “Officers were able to finally stop the suspect, taking him into custody in the 600 block of Lucard Street.”
Meanwhile, Ewing was taken to a nearby hospital in Bakersfield for treatment.
No officers or bystanders were injured in the pursuit, according to police.
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