Police Beat

By Kimberly Miller

Arizona Daily Wildcat

Police arrested a 37-year-old man Sunday night for sexual abuse and possession of marijuana after he was identified by two female students who said he grabbed one of them.

Francisco Pareties Garcia, of the 200 block of East Fourth Street, was arrested shortly after 7:30 p.m. near North Park Avenue and East Fourth Street.

The victim said Garcia was riding his bicycle behind her and a friend while they were walking north on North Park Avenue. When they tried to move away from Garcia, the victim said, he rode up to her and grabbed her between her legs.

Shortly after she reported the incident police located Garcia who was standing with a bicycle and had his pants undone. Police said he tried to ride away but eventually stopped for an officer. When police asked Garcia for identification they said several pornographic photographs fell out of his wallet and he told police, "I liked the woman so I grabbed her butt." Police also found a small amount of marijuana on Garcia.

He was taken to Pima County Jail for processing.

Police responded to a reported drive-by shooting Saturday that occurred near North Euclid Avenue and East University Boulevard.

Four people who were riding bicycles on University Boulevard told police a red sports car approached them at about 5 p.m. They said as the vehicle got closer a backseat passenger fired an unknown weapon six times at them.

One of the people was hit above the knee and sustained minor injuries.

The case was given to the Tucson Police Department for investigation.

Five members of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, 1801 E. First St., reported various items were stolen from their rooms last week.

The thefts occurred between March 11 and March 19 when the fraternity was closed for spring break. Most of the items stolen were textbooks and compact discs. Police estimated the value of the items at $2,800. Police believe someone was able to get into the fraternity through unsecured doors and windows with flimsy locks.

Police have no suspects.

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

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