A Mesa man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly striking a person in the head with a skateboard while riding on the Metro light rail in February, according to police documents.
Aaron Schenk, 31, was booked into Mesa City Jail for aggravated assault with a dangerous instrument. According to police, Schenk was on the Metro light rail platform at 1804 West Main Street on Feb. 11 where he waited for Paul Tulao, 31, to show up for an arriving rail car.
Schenk followed Tulao inside the car and immediately raised his skateboard then struck Tulao’s head, causing a laceration, according to the court documents citing surveillance footage from the car.
Tulao reportedly attempted to defend himself by wrapping his arms around Schenk, who then began punching Tulao, according to police reports.
Both men eventually fell to the ground and Schenk was the first to stand back up. He then walked off the car and fled southbound on Main Street, police said.
Tulao reportedly refused medical attention.
Over the next several days, police say Schenk sent multiple threatening texts to Tulao, referencing the physical harm he intended to inflict, saying , “I’m…going to enjoy this.”
Police contacted Schenk on Tuesday for an unrelated incident, according to police. At that time Schenk told officers that he had attacked Tulao because Tulao had kicked Schenk out of a house after Schenk had paid $500 to stay there, according to court documents.
Schenk later told police he knew striking Tulao over the head with a skateboard was not the appropriate action to take, the documents say.