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Charges Filed Against Man Accused Of Attacking Family With Hammer, Wrench

Aaron Paul Graves is facing several charges stemming from Monday's incident in Temecula.

An ex-con accused of attacking his mother and younger brother with tools that he allegedly also tried to use against sheriff's deputies who arrested him was charged today with assault resulting in great bodily injury and other felonies.

Aaron Paul Graves, 29, of Temecula was arrested Monday night following a confrontation at his family home in the 31100 block of Tecumseh Court.

(Click here to read about the standoff.)

Along with the felony assault count, Graves is charged with inflicting corporal injury resulting in physical trauma, child abuse, felony resisting arrest, vandalism and sentence-enhancing allegations of using a deadly weapon during a felony and being a habitual offender.

He was slated to make his initial court appearance at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta this afternoon.

According to Riverside County sheriff's officials, Graves' 10-year-old brother called 911 around 6 p.m. Monday, saying his older brother had assaulted him and his mother with a hammer and wrench and they needed help.

Deputies arrived moments later and attempted to make contact with Graves, who barricaded himself inside the home and threatened to hit anybody who got near him, sheriff's Sgt. Curt Harris alleged.

Deputies were able to access the house via a rear patio door, but Graves refused their commands to surrender his weapons, according to Harris.

He said the ex-con, apparently under influence of drugs, was shocked with a Taser, which had no effect. Deputies then fired a non-lethal pepper ball at him, momentarily disorienting Graves but not disabling him, Harris said.

A police K9 was set loose on the allegedly combative man, but "Graves resisted and attempted to strike the K9 with a hammer," the sergeant said.

"When he engaged the K9, (deputies) quickly subdued Graves and place him in handcuffs -- but only after two deputies suffered minor injuries during the incident," Harris said.

Paramedics treated the defendant's mother and brother at the scene for minor wounds. Graves and the deputies were treated at a hospital.

The defendant was booked into the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta, where he was being held in lieu of $215,000 bail.

—City News Service

JP February 16, 2013 at 12:06 AM
They should have background checks for people who want to buy tools.
Brenda February 16, 2013 at 03:56 AM
Its getting that bad now isnt it.
Rich February 16, 2013 at 03:51 PM
It doesn't matter what the weapon of choice is, low life people will surface no matter what. The two comments about background checks for tools is just childish and minimizes the story reported. I'm glad the guy is in custody...that's where the focus should be directed. Good going deputies.
Lena J February 17, 2013 at 05:41 AM
@JP Touche'
justlikeitsounds February 17, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Mandatory yearly background checks and carry a card that has the results to be presented upon demand from the Authorities The results could then help dictate where we should live and what type of job we might be allowed to have. We need more (D)umb ideas like these.
Brenda February 18, 2013 at 10:25 AM
It is true Rich that someone intend on injuring another will pick up or find anything handy. Whether its in the house, the yard or the garage. And usually they will come back with something that hits hard enough to kill someone :/

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