One arrested after family argument over toilet paper turns physical

Toilet paper has become a hot commodity nationwide amid the coronavirus pandemic.
(Chris Erskine / Los Angeles Times)

You knew it would come to this: A 26-year-old Saugus man was in custody Tuesday night on suspicion of punching his mother during a fight over the family’s toilet paper supply.

Deputies were called to the residence near Plum Canyon Road and Mirabelle Lane about 3 a.m. Monday, according to Shirley Miller of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

The son had accused the mother of hiding the family’s toilet paper, which has become a hot commodity nationwide amid the coronavirus pandemic.


The argument escalated and he allegedly punched her, Miller said.

The woman told deputies she hid toilet paper from her son, saying that he uses too much, Miller said.

Adrian Yan was arrested on suspicion of battery, Miller said. The woman declined medical treatment at the scene.

Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station have been responding to many reports of family violence as people are crammed together in their homes during the shelter-in-place directive, Miller said.

“It was to be expected, it’s happening everywhere,” Miller said.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva recently expressed concerns about an anticipated increase in domestic violence with families isolated together in their homes to ride out the COVID-19 pandemic.