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Police Beat

By Devin Simmons
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Wednesday April 30, 2003

A UA student called police Monday after she saw a man touching himself in the Main Library, 1510 E. University Blvd., reports stated.

The student was sitting on a sofa on the third floor when she saw the man put his hand in his pocket and fondle his genitals. The man, who was sitting across from her, stared at the student as he fondled himself, reports stated.

The man then reached down his pants and began moving his hand around, reports stated.

When police arrived, the student met them in the main lobby and told them where the man was. She added that his genitals were not exposed at any time, reports stated.

The man told police he was doing research and had never touched himself, reports stated.

Police arrested the man after a records check revealed that he had an outstanding warrant for criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct, reports stated. He was taken to Pima County Jail.


A UA student was cited after police discovered a baggie of marijuana in her car during a routine traffic stop at North Campus Drive and North Park Avenue Monday, reports stated.

A UAPD officer was stopped at a red light at North Mountain Avenue and East Second Street, when he saw the student exit her black SUV outside the Student Union Memorial Center. She began flapping her arms and jumping from side to side, reports stated.

The student then got back into her vehicle and began traveling west on North Campus Drive. The officer followed her, and paced her car at 21 mph in a 15 mph zone. He then initiated a traffic stop, reports stated.

The officer immediately detected an odor of burning marijuana coming from inside the car. He then saw the baggie sitting in plain view inside a purse on the floorboard, reports stated.

The driver told police she purchased the marijuana from a man in the Coronado dorm and had smoked it two hours earlier. Another student traveling in the vehicle couldn't drive because she was intoxicated from a party that they were leaving, reports stated.

The officer searched the car and the driver's purse, but did not find any other drug paraphernalia, reports stated.

The officer filed Student Code of Conduct violations for both students and took the marijuana into evidence.


A UA student called UAPD from an emergency call box after seeing an unidentified man drag a bike rack from the northeast corner of the Shantz Building, 1200 E. South Campus Drive, Saturday, reports stated.

The man dragged the bike rack onto the sidewalk, but left after the student threatened to call police.

Police moved the rack back to its original location.

Two bikes that were secured to the rack with U-locks were undamaged, reports stated.


UA police were called to a campus garage Friday after a student reported a suspicious man sleeping inside a parked vehicle, reports stated.

Responding officers noticed that the vehicle was parked improperly on the second level of the Park Avenue Garage, 1140 N. Park Ave., reports stated.

When an officer woke the man he appeared to be very nervous. He told police that he was a UA student, but took it back after police ran his name through dispatch and were unable to verify his status, reports stated.

He also said he was in the parking garage because he was moving and had no place to go.

Police contacted the FBI after they learned that the man, who was reportedly acting unusual, had six different aliases, reports stated.

They also contacted Immigration and Naturalization Services, who informed them that there is a process underway to remove the man, reports stated.

He was issued a ticket for parking illegally.


A Tucson man's journey to Pima County Jail began when he urinated behind a bus stop at the intersection of North Park Avenue and East Speedway Blvd., Friday, reports stated.

A UAPD officer reportedly saw the man walk behind a small tree and begin urinating on the ground. He then cited him for criminal littering and released him at the scene.

Ten minutes later a clerk at Circle K, 977 E. Speedway Blvd., flagged down the officer and told him the same man was inside the store, refusing to leave. He had been in the store two times earlier that day, reports stated.

The officer detained the man as he exited the store and arrested him on criminal trespassing charges, reports stated.

On the way to Pima County Jail, the man began kicking the passenger-side backseat window in the police cruiser and broke it. He knocked the window off its track, reports stated.

Police also cited him for criminal damage.

He was taken to Pre-Trial services, where he was rejected after he urinated in the waiting room. He was also rejected at the jail's booking office when officials discovered his pulse was 152. He was making suicidal comments, reports stated.

The man was treated at Kino Community Hospital and taken back to Pima County Jail, reports stated.

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


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