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Manhunt tracks down suspected car thief, parole violator

Suspect chased down by canine unit

Posted: December 27, 2008 8:10 p.m.
Updated: December 28, 2008 4:55 a.m.

Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol personnel take Ryan Ogden into custody for felony evasion after he attempted to escape in a stolen car Saturday.

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After a Placerita Canyon manhunt that lasted more than an hour, a Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Special Enforcement Bureau canine captured suspect Ryan Ogden of Tujunga as he hid in some brush Saturday night.

Ogden, 21, evaded a traffic stop and led a California Highway Patrol officer in a chase down Placerita Canyon Road in a stolen Acura TL, said Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Sgt. Brian Allen. The suspect crashed into a gate that leads to the Placerita Canyon community and fled into the canyon area.

Only six minutes after CHP Sgt. Rick Miler sent out the call for backup, officers had the canyon area contained between Placerita Canyon Road, Sierra Highway, Dockweiler Drive and Valle del Oro.

Ten sheriff's units, five canine units and 10 CHP units manned the scene, according to Santa Clarita Sheriff's deputy Chris Craft.

A search helicopter circled the area and the Enforcement Bureau sent in the first canine after using an automated alert system to warn the suspect and nearby community members that a search was underway.

Chuck Ennis, who was on his way home in Placerita Canyon, said he got scared as the suspect's car came within three inches from hitting his near the gate.

"He was right behind me," said Ennis. "That's when he nearly hit me, then he hit the gate and got out of the car and ran. I've lived here 20 years and never seen anything like this."

Dan Johnson of Newhall was worried for his girlfriend and friends who lived in the containment area.

"I talked to them on the phone, they're crying," he said. Johnson said there were officers with his friends.

According to Miler, anyone who lived in the area was reported safe at the time the canine was sent out.

Randy Shatz, who also lives in the area, said he was impressed with the deputies' response.

"I see (the suspect) coming about 100 miles an hour off the freeway, and it (angered) me because he's doing this in my canyon," Shatz said. "So I saw CHP go after him. He launched himself through the gate and up the barricade spikes. He ran and CHP went after him. There was a lot of cops here fast. They looked pretty determined ... They did a very good job."

Shatz, who's lived in the area for 21 years, said he's also never seen any crime in his area.

At about 6 p.m., officers waiting at the command post heard the Enforcement Bureau had found the suspect in the brush within the containment area.

An ambulance transported Ogden, who suffered bite injuries from the canine who found him, to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

Once released from the hospital, he will be booked on stolen vehicle charges and parole violations, Miler said.

"I'm happy," Shatz said. "No scumbags coming into my canyon - who do they think they're dealing with?"


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