It all began with a disagreement over eBay.
Illinois police say that 19-year-old Aaron Perez asked his mother to buy $4,000 worth of basketball cards and a costume mask on the online auction site. She refused, in part because she didn’t have the money to spend.
That’s when, police say, Perez armed himself with a machete and forced his mother to sign in to her eBay account so he could buy the items he wanted. Cops say he also stole $130 in cash.
“This is one of the most bizarre domestic situations I have ever seen in my 30 years at the Riverside (Illinois) Police Department,” Chief Thomas Weitzel told CBS Chicago. He added that Perez sliced up bedroom sheets in front of his mother to show that he would harm her.
According to Weitzel, the woman managed to run to her car. She convinced her son to drop the machete and get into the vehicle so they could visit relatives. Instead, she drove him to a nearby police station, making multiple 911 calls on the way.
Police in North Riverside, Illinois, arrested Perez without incident. He was held on a $50,000 bond and has been charged with felony counts of kidnapping, armed robbery, unlawful restraint and intimidation. He also faces misdemeanor counts of aggravated assault with a weapon and unlawful use of a weapon.
Cops searched the house and retrieved the machete, cash and shredded sheets.
“The mother acted as calm as she could, and I credit her with her actions that led to the arrest of her son,” Weitzel said in a statement. “To think that this entire incident took place over eBay purchases that the son wanted to make is simply astonishing.”