Man Faces Slew of Charges After Stealing Wife’s Semi-Truck and Standoff With Police

Grants Pass, OR – A man is behind bars in Oregon after a domestic altercation with his wife and her grandmother led to a standoff with police after stealing a semi-truck.

According to the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS), the incident began late Monday night in the 500-block of Northeast Anderson.


A 32-year-old woman, whose identity was not released by authorities, claimed she had been assaulted by her husband, Aaron Ellis, 26.

She told authorities Ellis was from Texas, but currently a resident of Grants Pass.

The woman alleged Ellis was intoxicated and threatening to kill both her and her grandmother.

She claimed he was holding them both hostage, but she had escaped to make the 9-1-1 call.

Her grandmother, Ellis’s wife said, was unable to escape.


When GPDPS units arrived, they discovered Ellis had fled from the residence.

After safely securing the grandmother, authorities began a search for Ellis.

GPDPS said “officers canvassed the area for a lengthy period,” but was unable to locate the man.

At that time, it was discovered that keys to a semi-truck belonging to Ellis’s wife were missing.

A short time later, the truck was discovered parked behind a WinCo grocery store, located at 231 NE Terry Lane in Grants Pass.


Officers were able to confirm Ellis was occupying the semi and began communicating with him via PA system.

After Ellis refused to exit the semi, officials say they were “forced to break a window” and deployed pepper spray into the cab.


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When Ellis attempted to start the semi, more pepper spray was injected into the truck.

Officers were “eventually” able to take him into custody without further incident.


Ellis was treated for exposure of the pepper spray at a nearby medical center and then transported to Josephine County Jail.

He faces charges of Kidnapping in the First Degree, two counts of Assault 4 Domestic, two counts of Domestic Menacing, three counts of Unlawful use of a Weapon, Domestic Strangulation and Resisting Arrest.



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