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Police Beat

By Kristopher Califano
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Tuesday November 5, 2002

Refusal to leave scene of arrest

Two Tucson men were arrested early Saturday morning after they cursed at police and refused to leave the scene of a student's arrest, reports stated.

An employee at Subway, 914 E. Speedway Blvd., pointed two men out to officers from the University of Arizona Police Department and said that they instigated a fight with him. Police approached the men as they were leaving the restaurant and told them to stop because they had to investigate the reported fight.

The men cursed and said that they didn't have to stop for anything as they continued to walk away from the scene, reports stated.

Police grabbed one man's arm while they tried to walk away. The men told the officer to arrest them or they were leaving, reports stated.

The officer got in front of the two men and put his arms in front of them for his own safety, reports stated.

Before police could start investigating, the employee came out of the restaurant and told officers that the two men who he had pointed out were not involved in the fight, reports stated.

"That's the guy who tried to hit me," the employee said as he pointed toward another man who was walking away from the sandwich shop.

The officer let the men go and followed another officer as they chased the man, a 19-year-old student, to a parking lot on North Tyndall Avenue, and south of East Speedway Boulevard, reports stated.

The Tucson Police Department took over the investigation and arrested the student, reports stated.

The two men who were originally accused of starting the fight arrived at the parking lot and asked for the name of the officer who tried to stop them earlier, reports stated.

After the officer's information was divulged, the two men continued to be confrontational and refused to leave the scene after being asked by police, reports stated.

The two men were then arrested by the TPD officers, reports stated.

UAPD did not document the charges that the student and the two men were arrested for, reports stated.

UAPD turned the case over to TPD.


Drug paraphernalia posession

A student was arrested just after midnight on Sunday for drinking alcohol underage and having drug paraphernalia, reports stated.

Police were driving through the Skyview Apartment's parking lot when they saw a student and four other people. When the group saw officers they split up, two men running north on North Freemont Avenue and three people going east on East Eighth Street, reports stated.

Police saw the student and another man near 332 N. Freemont Ave. The student, 18, stopped when he saw police, but the other man continued to run, reports stated.

While speaking with the student, officers noticed that the man smelled like alcohol.

The student, who officers later discovered was underage, told police that he knew the legal drinking age in Arizona was 21.

"Yes, I'm sorry. I shouldn't have been drinking," he told police, reports stated.

Officers also noticed that he had a bulge in his pants pocket. They searched the man and found a marijuana pipe, reports stated.

He told police that it was his "bubbly pipe," reports stated.

The student denied knowing the man who he was running with. Police were unable to find the other people who ran when the squad car drove through the parking lot.

The student was cited and released on suspicion of being a minor in possession of alcohol and having drug paraphernalia, reports stated.


Threats to a travel agent

A man who claimed to be a professor threatened to kill a campus travel agent in September, reports stated.

The travel agent was arranging a flight for the man and said that she needed the man to fax over proof that he was a professor so they could arrange a discount, reports stated.

The man refused to fax over the information and said he could not provide the proof when he came to the travel agency to pay for his ticket.

The man started yelling and said he would kill the travel agent, reports stated.

The travel agent said that he should take his business elsewhere and told him not to call again.

The man called two more times and spoke with another employee and was rude, reports stated.

The travel agent who was threatened does not want to press charges but does want the incident documented, reports stated. The police are going to refer the information to the Dean of Students.

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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