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Police Beat

By Blake Smith
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
August 2, 2000
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University police arrested a man for aggravated assault against a police officer Saturday night after responding to an initial call of loitering at 7-Eleven, 1001 E. Speedway Blvd., reports stated.

A security officer at the store told police that Clifford Edelman, 51, of a general delivery address, approached him and asked for a cigarette. When he refused, the man asked a passerby for one.

Officers showed up and the security guard confirmed that Edelman was loitering.

The manager of the 7-Eleven said that he wanted to press charges. Edelman told police that he was not loitering and that the officers were harassing him, reports stated.

Police asked Edelman to standup four times, each time he refused.

When one of the officers approached the suspect, he stood up and backed away.

The approaching officer then grabbed Edelman's right arm. Edelman attempted to twist away and kick the officer several times.

Police then directed him to get on the ground and he refused.

The other officer on-scene grabbed the man's left arm and kneed him in the "common peroneal" three times, reports stated.

University police then pushed Edelman to the ground, where he was handcuffed.

The man was taken to Pre-Trial Services where he refused to answer their questions, reports stated.

He was then refused by Pre-Trial Services and was booked on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, loitering and resisting arrest.


University police responded to the southwest corner of the 1700 block of First Street Thursday morning to a call of an assault, reports stated.

The witness told officers that she witnessed a woman following a man out of Dirtbag's, 1800 E. Speedway Blvd., walking southbound.

The witness saw the man hit the female in the face with an open hand and then push her into the passenger side of a car and closed the door, reports stated.

The woman was crying, so the witness approached the man and asked what he was doing.

He told the witness, "I'm taking her home," reports stated.

According to the witness, the man and woman appeared to be intoxicated.

A records check on the car's license plate revealed that the car was registered to a Tucson man.

Tucson Police were notified and said they would check on the welfare of the owner.

Other UAPD officers on patrol at the time circulated the area, but could not find the vehicle in question.


UAPD responded to two reports of criminal damage about an hour apart Thursday morning, reports stated.

Officers went to the Kappa Alpha Theta house, 1050 N. Mountain Ave., around 7:30 a.m. after someone reported that a brick had been thrown through a window, breaking it.

Police also found that a flower pot had been tipped near a window that was not damaged.

There were no reports of theft as a result of the breakage.

Officers then responded to the Dennis DeConcini Environmental Sciences building, 520 N. Park Ave., at 8:47 a.m., after someone reported that a window had been broken at that location.

The exterior window had been broken after a rock was thrown through it. There were no reports of theft.

No suspects in either case were arrested.

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

Blake Smith can be reached at Blake.Smith@wildcat.arizona.edu.

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