A 28-year-old Santa Ana man was behind bars Thursday on suspicion of attacking several people, including his own mother and a code enforcement officer, before getting into a struggle with police that included breaking one officer’s arm and head-butting another, police said.
Stephen Allan Edwards was booked Wednesday on suspicion of attempted robbery, battery, vandalism, assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
Police were called about 2:30 p.m. to a fight near Bristol Street and Warner Avenue, Bertagna said.
Edwards allegedly attempted to rob a man riding by on a bicycle, which prompted a code enforcement officer who saw the incident and ran over to admonish Edwards that he better back off because she intended to call police, Bertagna said.
Edwards then turned his attention to the code enforcement officer, who retreated to her car and attempted to drive away, Bertagna said. As she was stuck in traffic, Edwards pounded on the window — a knife in hand — breaking the rear driver’s side window, Bertagna said.
“Once traffic got moving again she got the hell out of there,” Bertagna said.
As officers arrived, the suspect was brandishing a large metal pipe that resembled one used by firefighters to open a hydrant, Bertagna said.
Holding the pipe like a baseball bat, he “challenged” the officers to a fight, Bertagna said.
Police tried unsuccessfully to subdue him with a Taser, Bertagna said. Edwards allegedly slammed the pipe into one of the officers’ arms, fracturing it, Bertagna said.
As he allegedly ran away, police used a Taser several more times to get him to stop, Bertagna said. Ultimately, he was brought to the ground with a baton, Bertagna said.
As he was handcuffed and in the backseat of a squad car, he managed to head butt one of the officers twice in the face, Bertagna alleged.
Edwards, who had been arrested July 5 and was released from custody July 14, was being held without bail since Wednesday’s arrest, according to jail records.
–City News Service