A local man was in custody today after allegedly assaulting his mother and 10-year-old brother with a hammer and wrench, it was learned.
According to a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department report, police responded to the scene after the child made an emergency call at about 6:10 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11 in the 31100 block of Tecumseh Court in Temecula.
Once on scene, the suspect, 29-year-old Aaron Graves, barricaded himself inside and threatened to physically assault anybody who approached him, officials said.
“Officers made entry into the house through a rear patio door, but a standoff ensued. Graves refused to comply with the officers’ requests and demands to drop his weapons,” Sgt. Curt Harris said in the report.
After first attempted to employ a Taser, officers were able to “momentarily disable” Graves with a Pepper Ball device, but he quickly re-engaged law enforcement.
“Officers then deployed a department-trained K-9 to subdue (the suspect). Graves resisted and attempted to strike the K-9 with a hammer. When he engaged the K-9, officers quickly subdued Graves and placed him in handcuffs, but only after two officers suffered minor injuries during the incident,” Harris said.
Subsequent examination of Graves indicated he was under the influence of a controlled substance.
His mother and young brother were treated by paramedics at the scene, but their injuries were minor.
Graves was treated and released from a local hospital and booked at the Southwest Detention Center.
Anybody with information in this matter is encouraged to contact the Temecula Police Department at 951-696-3000.