Son arrested for attempting to murder mother with baseball bat

San Ramon Police arrested a 27-year-old man Monday night in connection with the attempted murder of his mother, according to reports.

At 11:50 p.m. on Feb. 20, officers responded to an address on Durango Lane after receiving a call saying that and older woman was yelling for help and bleeding badly. The 60-something woman had left the home she shared with her son, Aaron Ricks, and gone to a neighbor's house after being assaulted.

Upon arrival, the neighbor told police that Ricks had assaulted his mother and was still in the area; officers found Ricks standing on his porch with a baseball bat. When he refused to drop the object and advanced toward a SRPD officer, Ricks was hit with a less-than-lethal 40-millimeter sponge round and disarmed, Lt. Dan Pratt said.

Ricks' mother was transported to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek for treatment of significant injuries, including a broken arm, caused by several strikes to the head and body from the baseball bat.

Pratt said the woman is expected to survive and is most likely out of surgery and the intensive care unit.

Ricks was booked in the Martinez Detention Facility for attempted murder and is not expected to make bail. The motive for the attack is still under investigation.


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Danville
on Feb 22, 2012 at 6:18 am

Another sad commentary on our failed mental health system and on the lack of insight into significant mental illness. There is little likelihood that it will not be discovered that this young man has been ill for years and the family remained in denial or couldn't or refused to get help.

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Posted by Another Bill
a resident of Danville
on Feb 22, 2012 at 7:46 am

Bill - do you know for a fact that he was mentally ill? Or maybe he was a chronic drug addict, petty criminal, etc? Let's not paint the kid as a victim of a failed system when in fact he may have just been a loser that made bad choices and will now do time in prison. Not to mention that his Mom is the victim here...

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Posted by Chris
a resident of Danville
on Feb 22, 2012 at 10:11 am

Betcha betcha betcha----a product of the public school system!

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Danville
on Feb 22, 2012 at 11:56 am

"Betcha betcha betcha----a product of the public school system!"

Really? Really?!?!

Because, as we all know, the public school system takes millions of normal kids each year and turns them into murderous thugs, right? As opposed to the religious schools, which only produce paragons of virtue. Like Catholic priests...

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Posted by Joseph
a resident of Danville
on Feb 22, 2012 at 3:27 pm

What is the matter with you people? Let's keep the mother in our thoughts and prayers and stop showing your lack of intelligence by making such ridiculous comments.4eYPx

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Posted by rc
a resident of Danville
on Feb 23, 2012 at 8:57 am

The only person to blame is the kid who did this to his mother. If you're that screwed up no matter how you got there to do this to another person let alone your mother off to jail you go. Nothing to sob about here. The kid was a jerkoff. Period. My heart goes out to his mother.

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Posted by Kevin
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Sources state the boy is Schizophrenic and had been in/out of hospitals for years. The family was doing their best to watch over him at home but the illness won. It's a very sad story. The other 3 boys in the family are healthy.

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Posted by Paul Coleman
a resident of Danville
on Feb 27, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Alas, a failed school system has corrupted another one of our younglings. May our Father, God almighty, have mercy on his soul. Amen.

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