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By Audrey DeAnda
Arizona Summer Wildcat
July 21, 1999
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A student called university police Friday night to report damage to her vehicle.

The student told police her 1989 Nissan Altima was keyed in different places during the past four weeks, including her trunk, both sides of the car and the hood, police reports stated.

She told the officer that she believed her ex-boyfriend was the person who did it because he threatened to key her car during an argument, reports stated.

Police located the ex-boyfriend who told the officer he keyed her car and wanted to be arrested to ease his guilt, reports stated.

When police asked him again if he caused the damage, he changed his answer, and said he did not key the car but confessed to the crime only to make the break-up easier, reports stated.

Police asked the student where the car was keyed and he could not describe the damage, reports stated.

The officer said he did not believe the student caused the damage and could not arrest him, reports stated.

Police arrested a woman Friday night after she reportedly refused to leave a campus-area convenience store.

An officer went to the Circle K, 1610 E. Sixth St., at about 8 p.m. where he encountered Olivia Rascon Mena, 30. Police did not record Mena's address in official reports.

The clerk told police he asked Mena to leave the property because she was panhandling. The employee said Mena refused to leave, and said, "I'm not leaving - call the cops," reports stated.

When the officer confronted Mena, she said she was told to leave but refused, adding "I told the store guy to hit me," reports stated.

Mena was taken to Pima County Jail on suspicion of third degree criminal trespass and released on a $112 bond.

Police arrested a Tucson man Friday night after pulling him over for expired tags on his vehicle, reports stated.

Officers detained Leobardo Vega, 29, of the 6000 block of South Euclid Avenue at the corner of East Speedway Boulevard and North Cherry Avenue.

When police approached Vega, he said, "I don't have anything for my car or license," and he gave the officer an Arizona identification card, reports stated.

Vega told the officer he had never owned a driver license.

During a background check, police discovered Vega's driver license had been revoked, prompting the officers to arrest Vega on suspicion of driving with a revoked driver license and giving false information to a police officer, reports stated.

Vega told the officer, "I'm sorry, I was so stupid to lie. I wasn't trying to play you for a fool," reports stated.

Vega was cited and released at the scene.

Police arrested a student Sunday night for allegedly running naked through a campus-area street, reports stated.

A UA employee called police to report that the student was running between Park Student Union and Kaibab-Huachuca residence hall on East Fourth Street, reports stated.

The employee told police the man got into a green Chevrolet Cavalier after his jog was finished.

Officers stopped the car at North Park Avenue and East Speedway Boulevard where they noticed passenger Michael John Cojudice, 23, of Phoenix, wearing boxers and khaki shorts around his knees, reports stated.

Witnesses said Cojudice was running with his buttocks exposed, using his boxers to cover his genitals, reports stated.

Cojudice told the officer, "It was a stupid thing," but his "private area wasn't exposed," reports stated.

Cojudice told police he just received a job in New York and he wanted to "go out with a bang, " and that it was his "last hurrah after five years at U of A," reports stated.

Police arrested Cojudice on suspicion of interfering with a peaceful condition of an education institution. He was turned over to pre-trial services.

A Memorial Student Union McDonald's employee called police Monday morning to report vandalism in the eatery.

The woman told officers three panes of glass were broken in the McDonald's restaurant, 1303 E. University Blvd.

The employee told police she arrived at about 6:30 a.m. Monday morning and noticed the broken glass and three rocks on the ground, reports stated.

She told the officer the restaurant was not open during the weekend.

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