After he allegedly drove his car onto Santa Ana sidewalk and struck three children, a 26-year old man was arrested Wednesday on attempted murder and other charges.
According to police, his vehicle contained incendiary items.
Jason Carlos Guzman (26), of Valencia, was charged with seven felonies of premeditated murder, seven felonies of assault with deadly weapons, three felonies of hit-and-run with injury, and three felonies of child abuse. The Orange County District attorney’s office stated that Guzman has been charged with one count of felony possession of a volatile liquid, one misdemeanor charge of brandishing deadly weapons, and one count of hit-and-run with property damage.
Police say Jason Guzman, 26, came to Taft Elementary Monday morning for the toilet and was turned away. Officials at Taft Elementary described him as suspicious, and said he was carrying a backpack.
Since he returned to his car in the lot, teachers and other campus workers kept asking him to leave. They were certain he wasn’t a parent or related of anyone at the school.
He drove away but he didn’t go far.
Surveillance video shows him behind the wheel of a red Mazda Protégé that appears to slam on its brakes. Witnesses report that he struck a 10-year-old boy, and two 11-year old girls. The DA stated that the children flew into high air after impact.
Isaias Vasquez heard the collision outside his home.
“And as I was walking towards them I saw an individual walking towards the kids and us with a knife in his hand,”He stated.
Also, he was accused of driving an SUV with a girl and 11-year old passenger.
Santa Ana police sergeant. Maria Lopez said police we’re trying to figure out why he was at the school.
Vasquez claims that he set up cameras after cars drove by his house, hitting cars and then taking off. He was able to capture something he never expected to see.
After Guzman was taken into custody, police discovered three incendiary items inside his car. A self-inflicted stab wound was also found on Guzman’s stomach.
Since the attack, he was admitted to hospital.
Taft was placed on lockdown. Teachers moved students to a field while the Orange County bomb squad searched for additional devices on campus. They found nothing and school resumed at 11:15 a.m.
Santa Ana Unified sent parents an email stating that a trespasser had entered their school. He was taken by school staff to custody.
All three children were transferred to hospital in stable condition. The children were later released from the hospital with no serious injuries.
“These children were innocently walking to school on the sidewalk with their grandparents and but for the grace of God, this incident did not result in a child being seriously injured or killed. Children are the most vulnerable victims, and I will do everything in my power to protect our children whether they are at school, at church, and at home,” said Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer.
Guzman was also convicted by the OC DA in 2017 of felony assault using force that is likely cause great bodily injury.
If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of 49-years to life plus six years in the state prison plus one year in Orange County Jail.