A 20-year-old man was charged Tuesday with carjacking and robbing his mother at knifepoint and leading police on a chase in which he allegedly rammed several police cars in Santa Ana.
Christian Antonio Rios is charged with one count each of carjacking, second-degree robbery and battery on a police officer, five counts of assault with a weapon on police, three counts of evading police, two counts of resisting police, and four counts of vandalism, all felonies. He also faces single misdemeanor counts of assault on a peace officer, resisting police, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without a valid license.
Police were called to Centennial Park about 10:10 a.m. Saturday regarding a dispute between a mother and her son, who appeared to be under the influence of drugs and was armed with a knife, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said. Rios allegedly stole his mother’s vehicle at knifepoint and robbed her of cash and a cell phone, he said.
About 10 that night, officers located the stolen vehicle at South Fairview Street and Edinger Avenue, Bertagna said.
While the officers who spotted the stolen vehicle were waiting for backup, Rios allegedly rammed their cruiser and led police on a chase before a spike strip was used to force the suspect to stop about 20 minutes later, Bertagna said.
The suspect rammed another police cruiser before he got out and fought with officers before they were able to take him into custody with the help of a police dog, Bertagna said.
Three to four officers suffered minor injuries, he said.