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By Audrey DeAnda
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
August 27, 1999

University police arrested a man Wednesday morning after he was suspected of stealing a bicycle, police reports stated.

Police saw Richard Garcia, 31, of the 300 block of East Second Street, and another man riding separate mountain bikes south on North Mountain Avenue, reports stated.

An officer told the men to stop because bicycle riding is prohibited in that area.

The second man stopped but Garcia continued down Mountain, reports stated.

The officer told the man that he would have to walk his bike while in this area. He then rode after Garcia, reports stated.

Garcia would not stop, but he slowed down and rode in circles while he talked with the officer, reports stated.

The officer got in front of Garcia and forced him to stop by grabbing his handlebars, reports stated.

Police asked Garcia if he had done anything illegal, because he kept riding away. Garcia said "no," then began to walk his bike away from the officer, reports stated.

According to reports, when the officer went back to Second and Mountain he saw the first man had abandoned the bicycle on the sidewalk.

Police suspected the bicycles were stolen so the officer caught up with Garcia, who was at the entrance to the Second Street Garage, reports stated.

The officer told Garcia to stop and put his hands behind his back, reports stated.

When police reached for Garcia, he pulled away. The officer grabbed Garcia and handcuffed him, reports stated.

Garcia admitted the bicycle was not his, reports stated.

Police noticed a gray shirt wrapped around a pair of bolt cutters laying beside the bicycle, reports stated.

In Garcia's pocket police found a small glass tube with dark material in it and burn marks on both ends in what police suspected was a crack pipe, reports stated.

Garcia was arrested on suspicion of theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Later, Garcia said the other man's name was "Frank." He said Frank comes around his neighborhood every now and then, reports stated.

Garcia said he and "Frank" took the bicycles from the apartment buildings at 415 E. University Blvd. They planned to sell the bikes for money, reports stated.

A maintenance man at the apartment buildings said an incident of bicycle theft was reported to the Tucson Police Department, reports stated.

A man was arrested Tuesday night after he reportedly assaulted another man in the Memorial Student Union, reports stated.

Police went to The Cellar in the Memorial Student Union, 1303 E. University Blvd., after a fight was reported at about 10:15 p.m.

Robert Lennex, 42, of the 200 block of South Norris Avenue, said he was sitting in The Cellar when he saw a man trying to steal his property. Lennex said he got so mad that he could not remember what happened after that, reports stated.

The man said he was listening to music in The Cellar and wanted to change seats. He said he moved some property so he could sit down when Lennex began slapping him in the head, reports stated.

The man said he and Lennex went upstairs, and Lennex hit him three more times, reports stated.

Several students in the area told police they saw Lennex hitting the man, reports stated.

Lennex was arrested on suspicion of assault without injury.

A student reported a television missing Tuesday night from a campus residence hall.

The student said the television was in a box behind the front desk of Maricopa Hall, 1031 E. North Campus Dr., at 4:30 p.m., reports stated.

The student said she returned around 6 p.m,. and the television and the box were missing, reports stated.

The student went outside to the trash area and noticed the television's box flattened in the trash can, reports stated.

The hall director told police the front desk is left open during the day so the students on duty can monitor the area and receive packages, reports stated.

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

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