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Police Beat

By Jose Ceja
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Tuesday October 29, 2002

Public masturbation

Police were called to a campus library Friday after students said they saw a man masturbating, reports stated.

An officer responded to the Main Library, 1510 E. University Blvd., after a graduate student told police she saw a man masturbating on the fourth floor of the building, reports stated.

As the officer arrived at the library, he saw a man matching the suspect's description "quickly exiting" the building, reports stated.

The officer detained the man, who told the officer he was on the fourth floor of the library reading some books.

The officer asked the man what he was reading, but the man said he "did not remember," reports stated.

The officer told the man that someone has seen him masturbating in the library and the man laughed and replied, "No," and said all he was doing was reading.

The officer was unable to make contact with the student who originally reported the incident but spoke to another student who said she was studying on the fourth floor when "some girl" passed her a note saying that there was a man masturbating nearby and that they should leave, reports stated.

The student identified the man implicated by the note as the man detained by the officer, reports stated.

The student also said that she had seen the man staring at her in the library on other occasions but that this was the first time she had "seen him in this manner," reports stated.

The man then allowed police to photograph him for evidence and was released at the scene.


Minor in possession of alcohol

A student was cited Saturday after a resident assistant saw him purchase beer at a convenience store, reports stated.

Officers responded to Palm Shadows Apartments, 1816 E. Helen St., after a resident assistant said he saw the student purchase two 18-packs of beer at a nearby convenience store and bring it into his room in a backpack, reports stated.

Officers went to the student's room and spoke with the student, who denied having any beer, reports stated.

Officers told the student that a resident assistant had seen him purchase beer and bring it into his room, reports stated.

While speaking to the student, officers noticed a "slight odor of intoxicants" on the student's breath, reports stated.

At the officers' request, the student escorted the officers inside the room and surrendered three cans of beer and an 18-pack, which were under his bed, reports stated.

The student then went to the refrigerator and gave officers a second 18-pack that was missing five beers, reports stated.

Officers asked the student how he was able to purchase the alcohol and the student replied that he had a fake I.D., reports stated.

The student then gave officers a California driver license with his picture and name but a different date of birth.

The student said that he purchased the I.D. for $120 "off the street" in San Francisco, reports stated.

Officers cited the student for misrepresenting his age to obtain alcohol, being a minor in possession of alcohol and being in possession of a fictitious identification and released him at the scene, reports stated.

Officers poured all of the alcohol out at UAPD after it was photographed.


Stolen bicycle

A student reported his bicycle stolen Sunday after locking it near a campus residence hall, reports stated.

The student told police that he locked his bike with a cable lock to the fence around Palm Shadows Apartments, 1815 E. Helen St., Sunday morning, reports stated.

When the student returned, he noticed the bicycle was missing, reports stated.

There are no witnesses or suspects.


Vandalism

A student reported his bicycle vandalized Friday, reports stated.

The student said that he locked his bicycle to racks outside of Coronado Residence Hall, 822 E. Fifth St., Thursday evening and when he returned Friday, noticed that his back wheel and U-lock were both bent, reports stated. The bicycle itself was not damaged, reports stated. There are not witnesses or suspects.

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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