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By Liz Dailey
Arizona Daily Wildcat
April 12, 1999
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University police arrested a male student Thursday morning on suspicion of criminal damage after he was allegedly seen throwing a rock through a window, police reports stated.

A student living in the Kappa Alpha fraternity, 906 N. First Ave., told police he heard a noise and looked out his eastside window at 1 a.m., reports stated.

The Kappa Alpha member told the officer he spotted three men outside and allegedly saw Robert E. Hurwich, 23, "pick up an object and throw it toward his window on the second floor," reports stated.

As the Kappa Alpha member ducked out of the way, the object reportedly smashed through the window. He said he looked out the window again and saw the men run toward a red Honda Prelude, reports stated.

A second member of Kappa Alpha told police he was sleeping when "an object smashed through his window, shattering the glass," which fell on him, reports stated.

Police were unable to locate the object thrown through the second member's window.

As the officer was interviewing the Kappa Alpha members, two of the men returned to the fraternity house.

The two men told police they were in the Kappa Alpha backyard with Hurwich at 12:45 a.m.

One man told the officer he was on the southside of the house when he heard breaking glass and saw Hurwich and the other man run toward the Honda. He said he followed them and got in the Honda, reports stated.

The officer obtained Hurwich's address and went to his home. Hurwich, of the 2100 block of North Santa Rita Avenue, told police he went to two bars and then went home at 1 a.m., reports stated.

The officer told Hurwich several witnesses saw him at the Kappa Alpha house.

Hurwich then admitted he was at the house with two other men, but denied throwing objects at the windows, reports stated.

Police cited Hurwich.

A police officer was on bicycle patrol Wednesday night when he saw a laser pointer "targeted" at him, police reports stated.

The officer was patrolling the north side of La Paz Residence Hall at 9:16 p.m., when he saw "two sharply defined dots emitting from the window."

The officer wrote, "One of the dots coming from the room ... shined directly into my left eye." He quickly left the area because of "potential lines of fire," reports stated.

He went to the dorm room with another officer and attempted to contact the residents. They were unable to find anyone and left a note on the door.

The students who live in the room called UAPD later that night and denied knowing about the laser incident. The roommates said they went to dinner together and had friends in their room while they were gone, reports stated.

The La Paz residents refused to provide police with their friends' names for fear they might "get them in trouble," reports stated.

Police searched the La Paz room but did not find a laser pointer or any weapons. The officer stated in his report he wanted to press charges.

A female student called police Wednesday night after her car alarm sounded and items were stolen from her vehicle, police reports stated.

The Arizona-Sonora dorm resident told police she was in her room at 10:26 p.m. when she heard her car alarm activate.

She looked out her seventh-floor window and saw her car lights flashing, but no one near her vehicle, reports stated.

The student went to her car, parked in a lot south of the dorm, and found a screwdriver on the vehicle's roof and the passenger door unlocked.

The resident told police she noticed a "college-aged" man with short or shaved hair leaving the parking lot. She said she attempted to speak with him, but he ran to a black sports car parked on North Tyndall Avenue, reports stated.

As the man drove away, he reportedly turned of his lights, preventing the student from getting his license plate number, reports stated.

She discovered several compact disks and a cellular phone missing from her vehicle.

Police gathered fingerprints from the outside of the passenger side door window and took the screwdriver into evidence, reports stated.

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