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Police Beat

By Jose Ceja

Arizona Daily Wildcat

A UA student was assaulted outside a campus parking garage Saturday, reports stated.

The student said he was walking to the Tyndall Garage, 880 E. Fourth St., Saturday morning when he was approached by four or five men, reports stated.

One of the men approached the student in a threatening manner and pushed him to the ground, while saying to him "south side," reports stated.

The man then added a variety of profanities and was held back by the other men he was with, reports stated.

The student also noticed that the suspect appeared to be heavily intoxicated, reports stated.

The males then took the man inside the garage to a maroon Ford Expedition. Along the way, he punched several cars, reports stated.

The men then got in the Expedition and left through the north exit of the garage, reports stated.

The student was able to provide officers with a description of the man and said he could recognize him again, reports stated.

The student did not appear to appear to be injured, reports stated.

The officer checked the garage to see if any of the cars appeared to have been damaged by the man, but he did not see any, reports stated.

A UA student called police Saturday after she noticed her car was covered in sand, reports stated.

The student said she parked her car in a parking lot on 540 N. Vine Ave. the previous day and when she returned, noticed her car full of sand, reports stated.

It is not known if her car was targeted since there was also sand in the two parking spaces next to hers, reports stated.

The student said she would wash her vehicle and call UAPD if she noticed more damage, reports stated.

There are no suspects or witnesses at this time.

Two UA students were arrested Thursday after a security guard noticed alcohol in the apartment they were in, reports stated.

A security guard working at Palm Shadows Apartments, 1815 E. Speedway Blvd., went to an apartment in the complex after hearing loud noise coming from inside, reports stated.

After a resident of the apartment opened the door, he noticed several wine coolers inside and called police, reports stated.

The security guard told police he knew that at least half of the occupants of the apartment were under 21, from previous contacts with them, reports stated.

While heading to the complex, officers were advised that the occupants of the apartment had left, reports stated.

An officer caught up with one of the residents near Babcock Inn Residence Hall, 1717 E. Speedway Blvd., reports stated.

The student, identified as Adam Merenda, 19, of the 600 block of North Highland Ave., admitted to officers that he was coming from the apartment in question and also admitted to drinking beer earlier in the evening, reports stated.

Merenda was cited for underage drinking and released at the scene, reports stated.

Officers also made contact with Eric Preston Canfield, a resident of the apartment in question, who admitted to having alcohol in the apartment, reports stated.

The officer accompanied Canfield to his apartment were he watched Canfield dispose of all the alcohol, reports stated.

Canfield was cited for minor in possession of alcohol and released at the scene.

A bicycle belonging to a UA student was stolen from outside a campus residence hall sometime last weekend, reports stated.

The student said he locked his bicycle to the racks near Coronado Residence Hall, 822 E. Fifth St., Friday evening and when he returned on Sunday, noticed it was missing, reports stated.

The student said he locked his bicycle to the racks with two chain locks, one of which was on the ground near the rack, reports stated.

The bicycle, a Murray, was valued at an estimated $125, reports stated.

There are no suspects or witnesses at this time.

Police Beat is compiled from official University of Arizona Police Department Records. For a complete list of UAPD activity, the daily resume can be found at