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Police Beat

By Kristopher Califano

Wednesday September 19, 2001

Two UA students called university police Sunday night after they were threatened outside a campus residence hall, police reports stated.

The two students were getting out of a car on the west side of Coronado Residence Hall, 822 E. Fifth St., when they were approached by a man. The 30- to 40-year-old man yelled "fuck you niggers," at the two students, reports stated.

When both students got back in the car the man yelled "don't get back in the car. I'm going to shoot you," reports stated.

The students drove away from the residence hall and called police. They told officers that the man was acting like he was on drugs.

Officers searched the area but were unable to find the suspect. The students told police that they don't want to press charges if the man is found.

A UA student called police Sunday from a residence hall after an order of protection - a document issued by a court to help protect someone from harassment or abuse - expired against the student's mother, reports stated.

The student told officers that she has had an order of protection against her mother since she was charged with custodial kidnapping when the student was 7 years old.

The mother has tried to contact the student through high school friends. The student told officers that the mother e-mailed everyone in the student's graduating class, reports stated.

The student also told officers that the mother has visitation rights only when accompanied by mental health specialists.

Police told the student that she should seek a new order of protection against her mother, reports stated.

A man was arrested after police saw him drinking a beer near the UA campus Monday evening, reports stated.

Employees at Parking and Transportation Services, 888 N. Euclid Ave., called police after they saw a man drinking alcohol and bothering UA students on East Speedway Boulevard and North Park Avenue.

Police arrived at the scene and spoke with Ernesto Espinoza, 63, of a general delivery address. They saw him drinking from a can of beer and noticed that he smelled of intoxicants.

Espinoza was slurring his speech, and officers had a hard time understanding what he was saying. He was cited and released on suspicion of drinking alcohol in public, reports stated.

Officers poured out the beer and told Espinoza to leave the campus area.

A Tucson man was arrested on campus Sunday night after police saw him crouching behind bushes, reports stated.

Officers saw the man on the west side of Steward Observatory, 933 N. Cherry Ave. They thought he looked suspicious and approached him. The man told officers that he was a student at the university and that his name was Eddie Lopez.

The man was unable to remember any of the classes he was enrolled in or his major. But he did tell police that he was "just coasting along."

When police asked the man about the bolt cutters in his pocket he told them he had found them and was planning on taking them home. Officers ran a background check on the suspect and learned he had warrants issued for his arrest under the alias Eddie Lopez.

The actual name on the warrants was Heriberto Preciado-Lopez. The man told police that his real name was Preciado-Lopez, 26, of the 5200 block of West Siary Kuta Street.

Preciado-Lopez denied that he was on campus to steal bicycles. He was arrested and booked at Pima County Jail on suspicion of false reporting to an officer and having a warrant issued for his arrest for violating probation.

A UA student called police from his residence hall Monday morning after he received unwanted phone calls, reports stated.

The student told police that the female caller began to cough and said, "I saw you eating dinner yesterday," and "this is the police, come out with your hands up," reports stated.

The student told officers that he always eats in his room at Babcock Residence Hall, 1717 E. Speedway Blvd. He also told police that the call only disturbed him because he was Muslim, reports stated.

He has no idea who the caller was and told police that he did not want to speak with any officers in person.

A UA student called police Monday after her car was broken into at a campus garage, reports stated.

The student told police that she parked her vehicle at 7:30 p.m. on the second level of the Cherry Avenue Garage, 1641 E. Enke St. When she returned three hours later, she saw the passenger window had been smashed and her purse was missing.

The purse contained $20 and a credit card. Officers took fingerprints of the car before leaving the scene. There are no suspects 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


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