Man accused of attacking victim with hammer on light rail in Phoenix arrested
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Officers have found the hammer-wielding suspect accused of attacking and robbing another man on the Valley Metro in Phoenix earlier this month. Police arrested 25-year-old Jacob Jasmer on Tuesday evening.
On Oct. 14, Nicholas Gregory says he was riding the light rail from Mesa to Phoenix when he saw Jasmer hop on around 5:30 a.m. Gregory says Jasmer began arguing with another man sitting near him. Gregory said he then noticed Jasmer had a hammer. He reportedly tried to intervene between the two men when Jasmer began attacking him with the hammer, hitting him in the face. Gregory said when his phone and house keys fell out of his pocket, Jasmer smashed the phone and stole his keys.
When police arrived, the suspect was gone. Using surveillance video and police databases, officers were later able to identify him. Gregory was also able to pick Jasmer out of a photo lineup.
Earlier this week, officers found Jasmer boarding a light rail downtown and took him into custody. Police say he was wearing the same hat, shoes and backpack from the earlier attack. He’s facing charges including assault, criminal damage and theft.
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