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By Liz Dailey and David J. Cieslak
Arizona Daily Wildcat
March 11, 1999
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University police responded to a UA residence hall Tuesday after receiving a call from a student about someone breaking into her dorm room.

The woman, a resident of Babcock Hall, 1717 E. Speedway Blvd., told officers at 1:20 p.m. that she and her roommate awoke to knocking on their door.

The student told police the knocking was so persistent that she got out of bed and peeked out her window.

She told officers a man who she thought was her friend was standing outside her room, but she decided to go back to bed and not answer the door.

The student and her roommate said the pounding continued, as the man started knocking on windows next to the door, reports stated.

Both students told police they heard what sounded like "scratching" on the window screen, reports stated.

The roommates had previously propped up the glass with a laundry detergent bottle for ventilation.

The student told officers she opened the door to tell her visitors to go away.

She told police she found two men outside the door holding the window screen. The men fled south through the hallway as the student screamed for them to stop, reports stated.

Police searched the area but could not locate any suspects. Officers dusted the window for fingerprints and sent the evidence to the Tucson Police Department for analysis.

The student went to UAPD headquarters to aid officers with a composite sketch, and police said they would follow-up on the case.

Police arrested a Tucson man on suspicion of driving on a suspended driver's license after pulling him over for speeding down a UA-area street, police reports stated.

Officers spotted Adam Arthur Suarez, 22, traveling 45 mph on North Campbell Avenue when he made a sudden U-turn at East Third Street, reports stated. He was driving a green 1978 Chevrolet Nova.

Suarez, of the 2900 block of N. Balboa Avenue, continued north on Campbell and turned east on East Hawthorne Street.

Police said Suarez turned off the car's headlights when he made the turn. Suarez then pulled up at 1910 East Hawthorne Street and got out of the Nova, reports stated.

As Suarez walked quickly to the front of the house, police ordered him to walk toward the squad car.

During a conversation with Suarez, he told officers he did not have a driver's license.

While police were detaining the man, UAPD dispatchers informed officers that the license plate on the Nova was stolen, reports stated. The UAPD dispatcher also discovered an Arizona Department of Public Safety warrant for Suarez's arrest.

The UAPD official also found that Suarez's driver's license was suspended.

When police placed Suarez under arrest at 5:26 a.m., he said he borrowed the car from an acquaintance. Suarez could not tell police the friend's name, address or phone number, nor did he know how to return the car, reports stated.

UAPD officers took the car into evidence and brought Suarez to their headquarters for an interview.

Suarez was then taken to Pima County Jail and released by pre-trial services. UAPD will continue to investigate.

A professor called police Tuesday morning to report files of "missile guidance research materials" stolen from his office.

The professor called police at 9:35 a.m. to report the alleged burglary.

He told police he noticed a cabinet drawer open and files missing on Mar. 1. The files, he said, did not contain "sensitive materials" but "it was odd that someone would steal something like that," reports stated.

The professor told officers he saw the paperwork from the drawer on Feb. 1, but waited to call police until he determined that other employees did not move the documents.

The professor told officers "several students and janitorial personnel had keys to the office and that he did not suspect anyone," reports stated.

While he could not provide any possible suspects or witnesses, the professor gave officers names of several students who work in the office and have access to the cabinet.

UAPD will continue its investigation.

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