Rexburg man arrested for knife threat, battery

A Rexburg man has been charged for assaulting a woman and threatening to cut her up with knives.

Aaron Lucio Jr., 43, was arrested Dec. 15 in response to a report from the victim that he had given her a concussion. According to court documents, a Rexburg Police Department officer interviewed the victim at Madison Memorial Hospital.

The victim told police she was arguing with Lucio when he grabbed two butcher knives from the kitchen and said he was going to kill her and cut her up. The victim said Lucio then shoved her against the wall, giving her a concussion and pulling her neck and back muscles. The victim said Lucio was intoxicated at the time.

When approached by police, Lucio admitted to threatening the victim with knives, but denied hitting or pushing her.

After being taken to the Rexburg Police Department, Lucio began banging his head and body on a plexiglass window in an attempt to escape and hurt himself, cracking the glass. Lucio refused commands to stop, and a Rexburg police officer used a Taser to subdue him.

After being taken to the Madison County Jail, Lucio was recorded trying to influence the victim’s testimony during a phone call. Transcripts show Lucio told the victim that if she cooperated with police, he would go to prison.

Lucio was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without the intent to kill, punishable with up to five years in prison, battery-domestic violence inflicting a traumatic injury, punishable with up to 10 years in prison, and intimidation of a witness, punishable with up to five years in prison.

Lucio also was charged with two misdemeanors, resisting arrest and malicious injury to property, both punishable with up to a year in jail.

Lucio’s bond was set at $100,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.