Hereford man confesses to assaulting grandfather

CNJ Staff

A Hereford man wanted in connection with assaulting a family member in Texas was arrested Sunday by Clovis police in a stolen semi-tractor trailer.

Aaron L. Warden, 27, slit his grandfather’s throat earlier Sunday, according to Lt. Esrael Silva of the Hereford police department. Hereford police will be seeking his extradition from Clovis, Silva said.

Warden is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on a $30,000 cash bond.

Investigators don’t know why he assaulted his grandfather, Silva said. Police said Warden took his grandparent’s car and fled following the attack.

His grandfather was taken to the hospital and listed in stable condition, according to Silva. Police have not identified Warden’s grandparents.

The violent nature of the case is unusual for the town of Hereford, Silva said, and is currently a top priority for investigators.

“The (district attorney) has issued a warrant. As soon as New Mexico gets finished with their charges, we’ll get him back,” he said.

According to police reports, Warden was arrested around 9:30 p.m., more than two hours after the assault.

Warden was found driving a stolen semi-truck on U.S. 60/84 near Clovis City Limits bar. During the arrest, the report said Warden told Clovis officers he had slit his grandfather’s throat at a home they shared in Hereford.

Police began pursing Warden after the driver of the stolen semi-truck told officers he had come out of Love’s Travel & Country Stop Stores and seen his truck passby on the highway.