Suspect jailed in Orange County pickax incident after treatment for car crash into house

Three men in sheriff's uniforms standing outside a house surrounded by yellow police tape, with a car crashed into its side.
A man crashed his car to a side of a Lake Forest home Monday before grabbing a pickax and chasing people, including a roommate, authorities say.
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A man was arrested Monday afternoon after he allegedly crashed his car into a Lake Forest home, then threatened his roommate and chased people with a pickax, according to Orange County sheriff’s deputies.

The suspect was injured in the crash, but no one else was hurt in the incidents, authorities said. Calls about a crash in the 22000 block of Robin Street came in around noon, officials said.

After the crash, the driver, who authorities believe was a temporary resident of the neighborhood, ran to a nearby home, where he got a pickax, said Deputy Mike Woodroof.


Woodroof said the suspect attempted to assault two men — his roommate and a gardener outside the home — with the pickax.

Video surveillance footage obtained by ABC7 shows a man — apparently bloodied from the crash — forcing his way into a home through the front door. Inside, the man is shown hacking at a housemate’s door with the pickax.

Deputies arrived at the Pheasant Street home and confronted the man inside. When he refused to drop the pickax, deputies used bean bag rounds and a Taser to subdue him, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

He was arrested and taken to a local hospital for treatment of a possible head injury from the car crash, Woodroof said.

The suspect — identified on Wednesday as Tyler Scott Graves, 32, of Trabuco Canyon — was booked into Orange County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a non-firearm deadly weapon and resisting arrest, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities did not specify whether drugs or alcohol were involved.


Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at (714) 647-7000.