Man Uses Car, Hatchet in Fight with Ex: Cops

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    A man crashed his car into a house and is now on the run armed with a hatchet according to San Diego police.

    Ricky Dwayne Erickson, 42, is wanted by officers after he drove his car into a home in the 3800 block of Clairemont Drive around 8:30 p.m. Monday.

    Police initially said it appeared the driver was targeting his ex-girlfriend, who broke off the couple's relationship Monday morning.

    Man Uses Car, Hatchet in Fight with Ex: Cops

    [DGO] Man Uses Car, Hatchet in Fight with Ex: Cops
    A man crashed his car into a house and is now on the run armed with a hatchet according to San Diego police. Source: Man Uses Car, Hatchet in Fight with Ex: Cops | NBC San Diego

    Officers say Erickson stole the vehicle he was driving from his ex-girlfriend's mother earlier in the day.

    Erickson's ex-girlfriend and another man were home at the time of the crash.

    The woman wasn't injured -- the man, who police say is an acquaintance of the suspect driver, was standing on the front door step to the home at the time of the crash. The 38-year old man was hurt and was taken to the hospital, but his injuries are not life threatening.

    Officers say after crashing the car, Erickson ran away, and witnesses told police he is armed with a hatchet.

    Police searched a nearby canyon on the ground and by police helicopter but still have not located Erickson.

    So often these types of crashes are accidental but police say it wasn't long before they realized this time the crash was intentional

    "We weren't certain if this was an accident or an intentional act initially," said Lt. David Rohowits with San Diego police. "However, we had witnesses come forth and describe what the vehicle did and were led to conclude based on witness statements and statements from the victims that this was indeed an intentional act."

    Building inspectors were called to assess the damage.

    Erickson, described as white with a muscular build, tattoos down both arms and around his neck and a shaved head, could face charges including assault with a deadly weapon.

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