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By Ryan Gabrielson
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
June 7, 2000

Arizona Summer Wildcat

University police arrested one man and cited another Sunday for being minors in possession of alcohol as they attempted to exit a party from the rear when officers arrived, police reports stated.

The party was taking place at the 1400 block of East Lee Street, and at 11:52 p.m., the Tucson Police Department requested assistance from the UAPD.

An officer noticed that the two had the smell of alcohol on their breath, bloodshot eyes and slight slurs in their speech, reports stated.

Both Panos Kassimatis and Joseph Ernest Christ, both 20, admitted that they had been drinking but claimed that they had no identification when stopped as they were leaving. Later Kassimatis produced a driver's license that showed that he was underage, and Christ also admitted to being a minor, reports stated.

Kassimatis had an active felony warrant in Maricopa County for possession of marijuana and was booked into Pima County Jail.

Christ was cited and released.


A man was arrested by university police Monday after a security officer saw him stealing a bicycle from the east side of Apache-Santa Cruz Residence Hall, 1420 E. Fifth Street, reports stated.

The security officer saw the suspect drive off in a gray pickup truck with the bicycle in the back at 8:11 a.m. University police stopped the car when it stalled pulling out westbound on East Sixth Street.

The officer exited the police vehicle with a service pistol drawn and noticed that there were two men in the truck. The officer then ordered them to get out of the truck and raise their hands up.

Both of the suspects exited the truck and were unarmed. The driver was shouting as the passenger ran from the scene going west, reports stated.

The driver, Ruben Mendoza, 39, struggled to keep the officer from restraining him as the officer attempted to place him in handcuffs, reports stated.

The officer then wrestled Mendoza to the ground and placed one handcuff on his right arm. By planting his left arm on the ground, Mendoza was able to push up, forcing the officer to fall backwards, reports stated.

Once on the ground, the officer kicked upwards to keep Mendoza from being able to get close. Mendoza moved back and once up, the officer tried to grab Mendoza again.

The suspect began running west on Sixth Street, the officer caught up to him again, and when Mendoza attempted to grab the officer, he was punched in the chest.

The officer used a closed fist in the blow, and Mendoza started to run again until he got to East Sixth Street and North Vine Avenue.

The suspect then had his other arm cuffed by the officer and a witness who aided the officer in detaining Mendoza.

Mendoza admitted to smoking crack cocaine the night before and then had his injuries photographed and treated on the scene, reports stated.

He was then charged with resisting arrest and larceny and was transported to Pima County Jail.

The other suspect was not found.


University police arrested a man for stealing a bicycle from outside Arizona-Sonora Residence Hall, 910 E. Fifth Street, at 11:15 p.m. on Friday.

William Karger, 43, took the unlocked bicycle and was stopped by police behind Coronado dorm, 822 E. Fifth Street, reports stated.

A glass tube smoking pipe was found on the suspect though he denied ownership.

He was arrested and charged with theft and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.


A man was arrested Monday after an officer observed him squatting beneath a tree and wiping himself with a piece of newspaper, police reports stated.

The officer was driving southbound on North Park Avenue at 9:10 a.m. Monday when he saw James Knight, 35, beneath the tree.

The officer approached Knight as he was fastening a belt pouch around his waist. Knight said that he did not use public facilities because he was not allowed, reports stated.

The officer then searched his bag and found a black smoking pipe that Knight admitted to using to smoke marijuana. He then apologized to the officer for defecating in public, reports stated.

Knight was arrested for criminal nuisance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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

Ryan Gabrielson can be reached at Ryan.Gabrielson@wildcat.arizona.edu.

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