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Tuesday November 14, 2000

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By Kristopher Califano

Arizona Daily Wildcat

Two UA students were arrested early Thursday morning after they woke students sleeping in a campus residence hall, police reports stated.

A residents' assistant called police when he saw two males pulling down posters and yelling during quiet hours inside the Coronado Residence Hall, 822 E. Fifth St.

When the RA asked the men if they were students they told him that they were. However, when they were unable to prove that they lived in the residence hall, they told the RA that they were visiting a friend. When the RA asked the males to leave the facility they began cursing. They called him "gay," and asked him to "step off his property," reports stated.

The RA informed the two men that they must leave via the stairs and not the elevator. When the men became argumentative the RA called police.

The RA told officers that the two men had just left in a cream-colored station wagon, but if caught he would like to press charges for disturbing the peace.

Police stopped a cream-colored station wagon on North Euclid Avenue and East Drachman Street. The two males, Michael Phelan and Jordan Cohen, both 23, of the 800 block of East Wetmore Road, matched the description of the men disturbing the Coronado residents.

The driver, Phelan, told officers that he and Cohen had been drinking, but denied disturbing the peace at Coronado Residence Hall. Phelan was administered a field sobriety test, but he was not intoxicated enough to be charged with a driving under the influence violation, reports stated.

The Coronado RA was transported by police to the scene of the traffic stop. He identified Phelan and Cohen as the men who were disturbing the peace at Coronado Residence Hall. Cohen and Phelan were cited and released on suspicion of disorderly conduct.

A UA student employee called police Thursday afternoon after a piece of computer equipment was stolen from a campus building, reports stated.

He told officers that he last saw the digital audio tape machine Thursday afternoon inside his office at Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. The student employee noticed the machine was gone two hours later. It was worth $2,200.

The office door is supposed to remain locked when the student employee is not in the room. There are no suspects at this time.

A man was arrested after police saw him sleeping in a UA building Thursday night, reports stated.

An employee at the Main Library, 1510 E. University Blvd., called police when she noticed Albert Epstein, 53, of the 6100 block of East Sunny Drive, asleep.

Officers went to the third floor and awoke Epstein. They informed him that he had been warned for trespassing in the library on a previous occasion and this time would be arrested.

Epstein was arrested on suspicion of second degree trespassing. Officers ran a background check and learned that Epstein had a warrant issued for his arrest for a failure to appear in court on a shoplifting charge. He was taken to Pima County Jail.

A Tucson man called police Thursday night after someone threw a snowball through his car window, reports stated.

The man's vehicle was parked in back of the store, Landmark Clothing and Shoes, 901 E. University Blvd. He told officers that he last saw his vehicle intact at 9:20 p.m. When he returned to his vehicle at 11:30 p.m. his rear window was broken and a snowball was found in the rear passenger seat, reports stated.

The man drove his vehicle home and called 911 after he got home. Officers went to the employee's house and investigated the vehicle. There are no suspects at this time, but the employee was told that if he had any further information he should contact UAPD.

A UA student called police after her wallet was stolen from her backpack Thursday afternoon, reports stated.

The student lost her wallet in the front of the classroom earlier in the day. She told police that she placed the wallet in her backpack. The student noticed two hours later that her backpack was unzipped and her wallet was gone.

Later in the day she checked the lost and found in the Memorial Student Union. She found her wallet, but her ID and credit cards were missing.

There are no suspects at this time, reports stated.

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