Police Beat

By Laura Ingalls

Arizona Daily Wildcat

Police are seeking a man who assaulted another man with a billiard ball Thursday at Sam's Place in the Student Union.

The victim told police he was playing pool with a friend when the man at the next table began advising them how to play. When the men told him they would continue to play their way, the suspect began bouncing balls off his table toward the victims.

One victim was hit in the leg by a ball, suffering minor injuries.

When the suspect attempted to fight the victims, they walked to the counter to report the man. The suspect began intimidating an employee, prompting the manager to copy down the suspect's identification information before he left.


A group of 10 to 20 teenagers reportedly fighting about 8 a.m. Thursday were dispersed by university and city police.

One of the youths suffered minor injuries reportedly in the fight near North Tyndall Avenue and East Seventh Street. He was temporarily detained by city police and he identified himself as a member of a gang.


A 19-year-old man was arrested late Wednesday for driving while intoxicated on North Cherry Avenue and East First Street.

Stephen M. Matri, of the 2000 block of East Roger Road, was charged with driving under the influence, failure to stop at a stop sign, no driver's license in possession, minor operating a vehicle with alcohol in body and driving with an illegal blood alcohol content.

Police saw Matri's car run a stop sign driving south on Cherry Avenue.

Matri told police he had three margaritas with dinner. He was unable to pass field sobriety tests.


Three female students who told a woman's parents she was doing drugs, reported being harassed and threatened by the woman and her boyfriend.

The students told police they received several threatening telephone calls from the suspects between Oct. 3 and Oct. 10. The suspects told the victims they would get even with them for reporting the female suspect's drug use.

The suspects also drove by the victims on Oct. 11 and shouted derogatory comments as they walked along North Tyndall Avenue.

On Thursday, the victims saw the suspects standing in the hallway outside the students' classroom in Bio Sciences East. The victims later saw both suspects sit in the back of their classroom, glaring at them.

When class was over, a student approached the victims to tell them the suspects were waiting outside for them. One victim was calling the police when the male suspect entered the room and quickly exited when he saw her on the telephone.

The two suspects were previously in a Oct. 4 police report when the female suspect's father attacked her boyfriend with a softball bat.

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

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