Man lodged in jail after alleged attempted Ashland carjacking
Ashland police arrested a man who witnesses said attempted to steal a car and threatened bystanders with a knife Monday morning, according to a Tuesday news release.
Aaron David Whitley, 37, faces charges of first-degree robbery, attempted assault, menacing, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and unlawful use of a weapon following the incident, which was first called into police at 10:15 a.m. Monday.
According to police report, a female driver near the corner of Fourth and East Main streets in Ashland had exited her car to ask Whitley to move as he lay on the sidewalk blocking the exit from a parking lot. Whitley responded by claiming he was having a heart attack, then allegedly chased the driver away and entered her vehicle, the report said.
Bystanders alerted by the driver tried to intervene, but Whitley exited the vehicle and swung at one person with a knife, they told police. After leaving that area on foot, Whitley then threatened another man with a screwdriver, telling him to give up cash he was holding, police said.
An officer arrested Whitley near the intersection of Lithia Way and First Street, about three blocks away from the incident, according to Chief Tighe O'Meara.
Whitley, who police said frequents the Medford and Ashland areas, is lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $220,000 bail, jail records show.