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Police Beat

By Rachel Schick

Arizona Daily Wildcat

Three related car stereo thefts in the same parking lot were reported Wednesday.

The three cars may have been easy targets because they were parked side by side and furthest from the windows and lights of Skyview Apartments, 1050 E. Eighth Street, reports stated.

Among the stolen items were a Kenwood Car CD player/radio valued at $200, an Alpine Car CD player/radio valued at $200 and an unknown brand car stereo. In addition to these stolen items were approximately 80 CDs valued at $800 and three pairs of sunglasses with two cases. Three passenger side windows were also broken, reports stated.

Police said that the break-ins were made through the passenger side window, and the car stereos were taken by force from the dash. All three cars were damaged in the same way.

No other cars in the parking lot seemed to be damaged, reports stated.

Police obtained five samples of finger prints from the vehicles and they will be analyzed by UAPD to determine if they are useful, reports stated.

A Tucson man was arrested yesterday when he attacked a police officer because he did not want to show his identification, reports stated.

The police officer asked Ricardo Herreras, 31, of the 200 block of East Mohave Road, to pull over on his bicycle after he ran the stop sign at the intersection of East Helen Street and North Warren Avenue. Herreras stopped but did not get off his bike.

The officer asked Herreras if he knew he was required by law to obey traffic laws, and asked him for an ID. Herreras said he was not aware of the traffic laws and refused to give the officer any form of identification, reports stated.

The officer informed Herreras that he was required by law to obey the traffic laws and show ID when asked. Herreras said he did not have to show the officer anything and that he would not obey, reports stated.

The officer asked Herreras at least five times, "Are you refusing to show me ID?" As Herreras became increasingly belligerent and agitated, the police officer radioed for a backup officer to arrive on the scene, reports stated.

When the officer asked Herreras to put his bike on the ground and step off it, Herreras refused. The officer then grabbed the bike and leaned it over until Herreras stepped off of it. The bike was placed on the ground next to Herreras, reports stated.

The officer again asked Herreras for his ID and told him he would be arrested if he did not comply. Herreras again refused, and stepped away from the officer into the street, reports stated.

The police officer grabbed Herreras by his left hand and told him that he was under arrest, reports stated.

When the officer instructed Herreras to put his hands behind his back, Herreras pulled away and then pushed the officer with his free hand on the officer's left shoulder, reports stated.

Herreras continued to struggle by stiffening his arms and making fists. The officer could hear approaching sirens and told Herreras he should stop struggling because another officer was on the way. Another officer assisted in getting Herreras' hands behind his back, reports stated.

The officer then located ID on him, verifying him as Ricardo R. Herreras. Herreras was placed in the back of a patrol car and read his Miranda Rights, reports stated.

The police officer asked the more-subdued Herreras the same questions again. Herreras answered the same, and said the reason he would not show ID was because he had trouble with police in San Diego once for stopping him for "no reason," and thought it was happening again, reports stated.

Herreras told the officer it was the officer's uniform that caused him to become confrontational, reports stated.

After agreeing that he had pushed the officer, Herreras was transported to Pima County Jail, where he was booked, reports stated.

A UA student's car was damaged yesterday and items valued at $350 were stolen.

The student parked his black Jeep Cherokee in the Tyndall Garage, 880 E. Fourth St., at 10 a.m. Items, including compact discs valued at $150 and a Pioneer car stereo/CD player valued at $200 were stolen, reports stated.

The student was notified by UAPD that his vehicle had been broken into after it was discovered damaged by a Community Service Officer, reports stated.

Someone broke the left-front wing window, to gain entry into the student's car, reports stated.

There is no suspect information and no usable fingerprints were located, reports stated.

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