Police Beat

By Joseph Altman Jr.

Arizona Daily Wildcat

Tucson police arrested a man Monday night after he allegedly assaulted another man and kicked in a window at Cafe Paraiso, 824 E. University Blvd.

University police were flagged down by a man who said the suspect walked up to him and hit him in the head. A group of people were detaining the man at Frog and Firkin, a restaurant at 874 E. University Blvd. The suspect, who was being held down, told a university police officer, "You're bigger than me, but I'm gonna kick your fucking ass." The man tried to stand up as the officer attempted to handcuff him. The officer applied a "wristlock" hold on the man and turned him over onto his stomach. The suspect then demanded that officers "untie" him so he could "kick (the officer's) fucking ass."

At that point, Tucson police arrived and took control of the man.

Witnesses said the suspect drank about four beers and seemed fine, but then began knocking things off tables before hitting the victim.

Tucson police withheld the suspect's name.

Unopened boxes containing two Pentium computer systems and two 14-inch monitors were stolen from an office at 1209 E. Second St. over the Thanksgiving weekend.

An employee reported the theft Tuesday after she entered a mailroom where the boxes were kept and discovered they were missing.

The employee said she checked the entire building for the computers before calling police. There were no signs of forced entry. The stolen items are valued at $2,970.

Employees at the Fiddlee Fig in the Student Union, 1303 E. University Blvd., called police Tuesday morning after they saw a man "shoplift" two plates of turkey, stuffing them into a purple bag.

A cashier at the restaurant confronted the man. When he was asked what he was putting in his bag, he threw a bag of potato chips at the employee.

Police were then called, but the man left the restaurant. Witnesses' descriptions of the man match a person who police say commonly visits the university campus. Police plan to do a photo lineup to see if employees can identify the suspect.

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