By Bryon Wells
Arizona Daily Wildcat
April 21, 1998

Police Beat

University police arrested a student on an alcohol charge Sunday after finding him lying in his own vomit near Old Main, 1200 E. University Blvd.

At 5:35 p.m., an officer on bike patrol discovered the student, later identified as Mark I. Sollom, 20, of the 1100 block of East Adam Street, laying on his back with a yellowish clear liquid drooling from his mouth and surrounding his body, police reports stated.

A man who was kneeling next to Sollom told the officer his friend had too much to drink.

The officer asked Sollom if he needed medical attention, to which he said, "No," and then began mumbling before rolling over on to his stomach, reports stated.

The officer discovered Sollom was under 21, and she informed him she was going to cite him for minor in possession of alcohol and then release him, reports stated.

When the officer told Sollom to stand and sign the citation, he jumped up, lunged toward the officer and ripped the citation from her hands, crumbling it, reports stated.

Additional police arrived and tried to restrain Sollom, and one of the officers had to kick him to the ground in order to get handcuffs on him, reports stated.

Police suspected Sollom had taken drugs because his pupils were dilated, and they called paramedics to the scene, reports stated.

Sollom then told medics he had taken LSD and heroin, reports stated. He was taken to Kino Hospital where officers obtained a sample of his blood to be analyzed at Department of Public Safety labs, reports stated.

Sollom was taken to the Pima County Jail about 8 p.m., where he remained yesterday in lieu of $162 bond.

University police arrested a student security officer and resident assistant of La Paz Residence Hall, 602 N. Highland Ave., early Saturday after responding to a report of a possible riot at the dorm.

Police arrived at La Paz at 2:32 a.m. and heard people yelling and the sound of breaking glass as they approached a hallway on the second floor.

The area was completely dark and filled with smoke because somebody had broken all of the lights and set off a fire extinguisher in the hallway, reports stated.

Upon entering, the two officers saw a figure run away from them as they identified themselves as police, reports stated.

One of the officers followed the man, later identified as Robert N. Stout, 20, and was able to pull him through the door as he tried to close it, reports stated.

Police determined that Stout, an RA and university police community service officer, had been drinking and took him to police headquarters, reports stated.

Witnesses at La Paz Hall told police Stout was involved in the chaos at the dorm, reports stated.

Police cited Stout on charges of minor in possession of alcohol, aggravated criminal damage and false reporting to law enforcement agencies, then released him.

University police arrested a man on a theft charge Saturday after they saw him carrying a bicycle rim near the Cherry Avenue Garage, 1641 E. Enke Drive.

An officer spotted a man, later identified as George D. Crocker, 30, of the 300 block of West 26th Street, carrying an Araya bike rim and walking south on North Cherry Avenue near a set of bicycle racks, police reports stated.

Crocker told police he found the rim lying on the ground near a bicycle rack north of the parking garage, adding that it wasn't near any bicycle he could see.

A search revealed a pair of pliers in Crocker's back pocket. Crocker told police he found the pliers as well, reports stated.

The officer found a bike with a missing front tire locked to a nearby rack. The rear wheel matched the rim Crocker was holding, reports stated.

Crocker then told the officer the wheel was laying next to the maroon Diamondback mountain bike.

Crocker was cited on a theft charge and released from the scene. Police later contacted the owner of the bicycle and returned the rim, reports stated.

Police Beat is compiled from official University of Arizona Police Department reports.


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