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By Dylan McKinley
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
January 14, 2000
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Police arrested a UA student early Wednesday morning after witnesses saw him and three other men vandalizing cars in a UA parking lot, police reports stated.

Officers arrived at 605 N. Vine Ave. at about 1:17 a.m. after witnesses living at La Paz Residence Hall saw the men kicking cars in the parking lot behind the building on the west side of Arizona Stadium, reports stated.

When the officers arrived, one of the witnesses flagged them down and said the men were running toward the stadium, reports stated.

An officer saw two men trying to gain access to the stadium through a locked gate on the west side of the stadium.

The officer observed one of the men jump the fence and enter the stadium, reports stated.

The other man ran northbound near the stadium and was caught by another officer.

The first officer then returned to the parking lot to see if cars had been damaged.

A 1997 Nissan Sentra had its front windshield smashed and the 1994 Jeep Wrangler beside it had the cable from a front-end winch pulled out a few feet.

The witnesses told police they saw the men swinging a rope or cord with a heavy end against the windshield.

The officer stated in the report that the winch cable looked as if it was used by the men to smash the window.

Scott Knappmiller, 18, of Hopi Residence Hall, 1440 E. Fourth St., was apprehended near the stadium.

Knappmiller originally denied any involvement with the vandalism, but after police read him his rights again and questioned him, he admitted to pulling the winch cable out and using it to smash the windshield, reports stated.

Knappmiller did not say anyone else was involved, reports stated.

A Tucson Police Department air unit flew over the area with a spotlight looking for the man who went into the stadium, but he wasn't found, reports stated.

Knappmiller was cited on suspicion of criminal vandalism and two counts of injuring or preventing operation of a motor vehicle. He was taken to Pima County Jail and booked.

A UA student was referred to the Dean of Students Diversion Program Tuesday after police found a green leafy substance in his room.

Police went to Coronado Residence Hall, 822 E. Fifth St., at about 10:12 p.m. after someone smelled possible marijuana smoke coming from room, reports stated.

When police arrived at the room of Bryan Jacobs, 18, his roommate answered the door, reports stated.

According to reports, the roommate let police enter the room, where they found two glass smoking devices and an aluminum can with possible marijuana residue on them and a green, leafy substance, reports stated.

The roommate said Jacobs and another man were smoking the substance with the devices earlier, reports stated.

Police confiscated the devices and substance and told the roommate to have Jacobs contact UAPD, reports stated.

As the officers left the building, a resident assistant said Jacobs was standing outside the building, reports stated.

Jacobs admitted to smoking the substance out of the devices, reports stated.

The officers requested he be admitted to the diversion program.

Two UA students called UAPD Wednesday after a man exposed his genitalia to them, reports stated.

The two female students were sitting on the east side of Pi Beta Phi Sorority, 1035 N. Mountain Ave., when they saw a man standing on the northeast side of the house, reports stated.

According to reports, the women said the man was looking at them and masturbating.

The women said he was a white male with a "messy afro" for hair and he was wearing no clothing. They told police the man had something written on his body, reports stated.

The man fled southbound on North Mountain and wasn't found, reports stated.

The women said they could identify the man and would help prosecute him if he is found, reports stated.

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

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