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Car theft victim tracks down stolen car, holds suspect for police

Photo courtesy of the Anderson Police Department.

ANDERSON, Calif. - The victim of a car theft tracked down the thief who took his car and then held the suspect until police arrived to arrest him Monday morning.

At 7:21 a.m., an officer from the Anderson Police Department responded to the 3200 block of Briarwood Drive in Anderson for a report of a stolen vehicle. The victim said his vehicle was stolen sometime overnight and described his vehicle as a blue 1991 Honda sedan and provided the officer with the license plate information.

After speaking with the officer, the victim posted a photo of his vehicle on Facebook to ask people to keep an eye out for it. About an hour later, one of the victim's friends saw the stolen vehicle in a parking lot near the intersection of Balls Ferry Road and Shady Lane and the friend notified the victim.

At that point the vehicle, allegedly being driven by Aaron William Ashby, 29, of Anderson, left the parking lot and drove westbound on Balls Ferry Road and the friend followed it. The owner of the vehicle also responded quickly to the area and also began following the vehicle.

The victim saw the vehicle turn northbound on North Street and that's when Ashby attempted to get away from the victim, who was following Ashby. Ashby drove the vehicle to the end of Flagstone Court where he collided with a concrete curb and attempted to run from the victim.

Police said at that point Ashby and the victim exchanged words but Ashby would not wait for the police to arrive and the victim tackled Ashby as he attempted to get away. A fight then occurred and Ashby was quickly subdued by the victim and his friend.

Ashby was arrested by police and booked into the Shasta County Jail for felony vehicle theft, felony possession of a stolen vehicle, felony threatening or intimidating a victim/witness of a crime, misdemeanor threatening to fight in public, and a violation of his parole. Police said Ashby was on parole for a previous robbery charge.

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