Tempe Police: Driver tries to shake off man stabbing, hanging onto his truck

Tempe Police reported the following incidents Tuesday:

A 23-year-old Tempe man was arrested March 10 on the 5000 block of South Arizona Mills Circle on suspicion of aggravated assault and criminal damage, according to a police report.

The man was at the Arizona Mills when he jumped in the back of a truck with four people inside, police reported.

The people in the car had never met the man before, according to the report.

As the truck slowly drove into the parking lot, the man pulled out a 4-inch folding knife and began stabbing at the back cover of the truck, creating multiple scratches, police reported.

The passengers in the truck said they were scared for their safety and thought the man was going to stab them, according to the report.

The driver of the truck put the car in the reverse, stopped suddenly and drove forward to get the man off the car, police reported.

The man fell off and began to stab the tires of six vehicles around him, according to the report.

All six of the vehicles had at least one flat tire, police reported.

Arizona Mills security spotted the man as he was stabbing the tires, and then Tempe police officers arrived while the man continued to stab, according to the report.

The man was transported to Tempe City Jail, where he was booked and held to see a judge, police reported.

A 34-year-old Tempe man was arrested March 10 on South Rural Road and East Lodge Drive on suspicion of shoplifting, trafficking stolen property and dangerous drug possession and use, according to a police report.

A Target security camera caught the man walking out of the store without paying with a $120 Jokerland Lego box, police reported.

The camera captured his license plate number as he drove away, according to the report.

About 15 minutes later, another video surveillance tape filmed the man walking into Fallout Games in the same clothes and selling the Lego set to the manager for $45, police reported.

The manager gave officers the tape and confirmed it was the same man because he had provided his license to sell the Legos, police reported.

Officers arrested the man a day later while he was leaving his house, police reported. The man said he didn't remember if he paid for them or not, and that he didn't remember selling to Fallout Games, according to the report.

When he was placed under arrest, a search revealed two bottles of Xanax and Adderall prescribed to his brother in his possession, police reported.

The man said he knew the medication wasn't his, and said his brother had left them at his house and that he was planning on returning them, according to the report.

The man was transported to Tempe City Jail, where he was booked and held to see a judge, police reported.

Reports compiled by Megan Janetsky.

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