Police Beat

By Joseph Altman Jr.

Arizona Daily Wildcat

Police arrested a man Wednesday night after he was seen yelling and stomping his feet in the Main Library, 1510 E. University Blvd.

Thomas D. Straud, 62, of a general delivery address, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and second degree criminal trespass.

An assistant librarian called police after she observed an older male stomping his feet and shouting incoherently, disturbing library patrons.

An officer broadcast a description of the suspect, and another officer located a possible suspect on the Mall near the Administration Building.

The librarian identified the man, saying she was "99 percent sure that's him." The man, later identified as Straud, was placed into custody and arrested for disorderly conduct. It was then determined that another officer had previous contact with the man earlier that day, resulting in the criminal trespass charge.

Straud was transported to Pima County Jail where he was booked.

An unknown man allegedly threatened a bicyclist and threw a soft drink can at him Tuesday night after the man and the cyclist nearly collided.

Police are looking for the man, described as a white male, about 5-feet, 11-inches tall and 240 pounds with short black hair and a trimmed mustache and beard. He is approximately 20 years old and was seen wearing a black shirt, black gym pants and a blue backpack.

The cyclist was riding between the Social Sciences and Forbes buildings at 12:40 p.m. when he said an unknown man walked out in front of him, causing him to slam on his brakes.

The cyclist said he was able to avoid the collision, but did brush up against the man's backpack.

The man then turned to the cyclist and reportedly said, "What the fuck was that? Hey, come here, bitch." The man then said, "I'm gonna get you, bitch," as he threw a Coke can at the cyclist. The cyclist was not hit by the can.

The cyclist told police he wished to press charges against the man, and helped police make a composite drawing.

A resident of Coconino Hall, 1003 N. Olive Dr., reported receiving several phone calls from an unknown person breathing heavily into the phone.

The breathing was recorded several times on the resident's answering machine. When the latest call came in at 9:18 p.m. Tuesday, the resident pushed *57 on her phone to have the call traced.

An operator then told the resident that the call was successfully traced and the caller's information was in possession of university police.

Police reported that an unknown person unlawfully transmitted on a University of Arizona Police Department radio frequency Wednesday.

At 3:16 p.m., a "voice like a young boy's" was transmitted on UAPD frequency 3. Dispatchers tried to talk to the subject, but the voice was not clear.

Police reports indicated that the voice sounded like a young boy saying "different numbers." The person did not give his name or any other information during the one to two minute transmission.

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

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