Phoenix police arrest man suspected of assaulting light rail passenger

Phoenix police have arrested a man they believe assaulted a light rail passenger with a hammer earlier in October.

According to court documents, around 5:30 a.m. on October 14, 25-year-old Jacob Jasmer boarded the light rail at Priest Drive and Washington Street. During the ride, Jasmer argued with another passenger and attempted to assault them with a hammer.

Court documents say a 36-year-old man stepped in and he and Jasmer fell. They kept fighting and vying for the hammer. Finally, Jasmer got the hammer and punched the man in the face, injuring his nose.

Jasmer picked up the man’s keys, which were attached to a lanyard, and placed them in his pocket. Then, according to court documents, he continued to use the hammer to smash and smash the man’s phone.

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Court documents say Phoenix police were called soon after, but Jasmer had fled the scene near 44th and Washington streets by the time they arrived. However, the 36-year-old remained at the scene and informed the police of the incident.

According to court documents, Phoenix police obtained the light rail surveillance footage of the scuffle and identified Jasmer as the attacker.

On October 21, the man who was injured on the train identified Jasmer from a series of photos, according to court documents.

Around 6 p.m. on Oct. 14, Phoenix police found Jasmer boarding the light rail headed for downtown Phoenix, according to court documents. He was detained at 270 E. Washington St. on the light rail platform.

Court documents say police attempted to question Jasmer about the incident. However, he did not answer all the questions. Jasmer was taken into custody in Maricopa County on suspicion of aggravated assault, robbery and criminal damage.

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Jose P. Rogers