Police Beat

By Joseph Altman Jr.

Arizona Daily Wildcat

Police have forwarded a report to the County Attorney's office for possible prosecution after a woman reported being harassed by a man Saturday night.

Police stopped a maroon Nissan Pathfinder when the woman told officers the man had harrassed her at North Euclid Avenue and East Fourth Street.

The woman said while waiting for a friend to give her a ride, she was propositioned by the man in the Pathfinder after he followed her down the street. She also said the man took pictures of her and grabbed her against her will.

The woman told police the man wanted her to go have a drink with him, but she refused. He persisted, asking her to go "for 15 minutes" several times.

The man told officers he was driving home when he saw an attractive woman and wanted to talk to her. He noticed she was holding a UA cup and asked her who won the game. He then asked her if she wanted to celebrate the win.

The man said he asked the woman if he could take her picture. She allowed him to do so, but said she began feeling uncomfortable when he wanted to take more "full body" shots.

The man said he asked the woman if he could hug her, and she allowed him to and hugged him back. The woman, however, said she tried to push him away, but he hugged her anyway and also kissed her on the cheek without her consent.

Police did not arrest the man because the two accounts of the incident varied too much to be sure if harassment took place, however, the case has been referred to the County Attorney's office, and the woman said she wants to press charges.

A man was arrested on theft charges Sunday night after he was seen carrying a bicycle tire.

Lewis W. Bell, 32, of the 1100 block of East 26th Street, was cited on a charge of theft under $250 and released.

During a traffic stop around 11:21 p.m., an unidentified male told an officer he saw a suspicious man carrying a bike wheel southbound on North Park Avenue from the intersection of Park and Lowell Street.

The officer called another unit, and another officer near Park and East Sixth Street saw the male, identified as Bell, carrying the wheel.

When Bell was asked if the wheel belonged to him, he looked down and said, "Yeah, kind of."

After he was read his Miranda rights, Bell said a man named "Jim" playing volleyball near Arizona-Sonora Hall, 910 E. Fifth St., gave him permission to take the wheel from a parked bicycle.

Bell also showed officers a crescent wrench, pliers, wire cutters, a knife and a bicycle headlight he had.

Police checked, but no one at Arizona-Sonora was aware of "Jim" or any missing parts.

Bell took police to the bike the took the wheel from, a green mountain bike secured to a rack. Other bikes in the same area were missing seats and headlights, and a bicycle seat was found on the ground between the bike rack and where the suspect was stopped by police.

When officers asked Bell to clarify his story, he told officers he just took the wheel.

An officer asked Bell, "You mean you did steal the wheel?"

Bell then said, "Yeah, I'm gonna be honest. Just take me to jail."

The items Bell had in his possession were taken into custody in case they are reported stolen later.

Over $5,700 worth of audiovisual and computer equipment was reported stolen from the Space Sciences Building.

Sometime between 6 p.m., Sept. 22, and 8 a.m., Sept. 25, someone entered two rooms in the building and took a Mitsubishi television and VCR and an Apple Macintosh computer, monitor and keyboard.

The theft was not reported until Monday because the employee tried to contact the department's computer manager, hoping he had stored or relocated the items.

The television and VCR were secured to a cart with a combination lock and security cable. Neither the lock nor the cable were found on the scene. The computer equipment, valued at $5,705, was not secured.

A student's vehicle was broken into Thursday, resulting in the theft of $1,315 in stereo equipment.

An unknown person took the items from a 1989 white Nissan 2x4 pickup truck parked at Delta Tau Delta, 1550 N. Vine Ave., between 2:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

A Sony stereo deck and equilizer, Blaupunkt CD changer and Audio Art speakers and an amplifier were taken, along with 10 assorted CD's. A pair of wire cutters with red plastic handles were found in the vehicle and were taken as evidence.

There was no exterior damage to the vehicle other than scratches on the rubber stripping at the base of the passenger side window.

No one reported seeing suspicious activity near the vehicle. Police have no suspects.

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

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