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By Liz Dailey
Arizona Daily Wildcat
March 9, 1999
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A Tucson man called police Saturday afternoon after a woman struck him with her truck and fled, police reports stated.

University police went to the Cherry Avenue garage on North Cherry Avenue and East Enke Drive, and spoke with the injured man.

He told police he was on the third level of the garage at 4:20 p.m., when he saw a red 1989 Toyota pick-up truck approaching a group of people.

The man told officers he put out his arm to signal the driver to stop for the pedestrians, reports stated.

The driver failed to stop and hit him "head on," reports stated. He reportedly fell on the truck's hood.

Medics from the Tucson Fire Department examined the man, who complained of pain in his upper shoulder, lower back and left leg, reports stated.

The man was taken to a Tucson hospital, but police reports did not indicate where he was treated.

Police are planning to investigate.

A Tucson man called police Saturday night after he realized his truck was stolen, police reports stated.

The man told police he and his daughter drove from Gilbert to see the UA softball game. He parked his white 1989 Chevrolet pick-up truck in a lot at East First Street and North Martin Avenue, reports stated.

The man told officers he parked the truck at 7:30 p.m. and returned at 9:20 p.m.

The man verified that the truck was not towed and spoke with witnesses who said they saw a white truck going east on First Street and then south on North Campbell Avenue.

After hearing the information, the man called police.

Officers found bits of glass where the truck was parked, reports stated.

The man told police he just purchased the truck five to seven days before and had not yet switched the title, reports stated.

The truck has a Maricopa County Community College sticker on the front windshield and tinted windows, reports stated.

Police arrested a Tucson man early Thursday morning on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia after someone called to report a fight, police reports stated.

Officers went to a wash just east of North Tyndall Avenue and assisted officers from the Tucson Police Department with interviewing a group of transients, reports stated.

A UA police officer questioned Damian Anthony Vargas, 24, of a general delivery address, who told police he had two knives in his pockets, reports stated. The officer took the weapons from Vargas.

After searching Vargas, he found a glass tube with suspected crack residue, a glass pipe with suspected marijuana residue, a plastic bag with suspected marijuana "dust," a bag with two pills and a "copper mesh ball," reports stated.

He told police the pills were muscle relaxants, reports stated.

Vargas was cited and released. Police took the knives and drug paraphernalia into evidence.

A student called police Thursday morning after he saw a suspicious man standing by a bicycle rack, police reports stated.

The student told police he was in the Architecture building, 1040 N. Olive Road, at 11:49 a.m., when he saw a man near the bikes with a pair of handle bars in his hand, reports stated.

The student told police he, along with a group of students, ran outside and called out to the man. The man reportedly ran from the group, fleeing down East Speedway Boulevard.

The man dropped a bike, a pair of shocks, an Allen wrench and a rear tire, reports stated.

Police later spoke with another student who stated the objects that the man left behind belonged on her bike. Police were unable to attain any fingerprints from the evidence, reports stated.

An employee called police Thursday morning to report cash and checks stolen from the McKale Gift Shop, 1721 E. Enke Drive, police reports stated.

The employee told police someone took the money from the store Nov. 27. The stolen checks were cashed from Dec. 4th to the 10th, reports stated.

The employee told police he and his co-workers were trying to find out who worked on that date in the store, reports stated.

He told officers he would call back when he had more information.

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