Police Beat 10/10/2018: Love, Lies and Campus Crime
University of Arizona Police Department officers on the UA campus.
The Powder Room
It was neither snow nor cocaine nor anthrax that made up the white powder that covered a UA student dorm room, but OxiClean laundry detergent.
A University of Arizona Police Department officer responded to a report of vandalism at Coronado Residence Hall at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Oct. 1.
Upon arrival, the officer met with a UA student who told him that she left her room the previous night, Sept. 30, at around 6 p.m. and when she returned at 7 p.m. she returned to find her side of the room covered with an unknown white powder.
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She took the officer to her room to inspect the damage, though she had spent over two hours the previous night cleaning most of it. Powder still lingered on her shoes and some of her clothes.
Earlier, the student had had texted her roommate who confirmed that her boyfriend, a resident of Likins Residence Hall, was responsible for the powder.
According to the student, there had been some drama between her roommate, her roommate's boyfriend and herself and her roommate was in the process of moving out.
The powder had not damaged any of the student’s property. She told the officer that she did not want to press charges, though she did wish for the boyfriend to not contact her in the future and for him to be banned from Coronado.
At approximately 6 p.m. the officer made contact with the roommate via phone who told him that the day of the incident she had been in one of the Coronado study lounges, but allowed her boyfriend to retrieve something from her room.
The officer then made contact with the boyfriend, who admitted that when he entered the unlocked room he had his laundry with him and spread his OxiClean laundry detergent around.
He did not give the officer a real reason as to why he did this, though he did confirm that there had been drama between them recently.
The boyfriend told the officer that he recognized what he did was wrong and expressed a willingness to clean the mess up.
The officer told him that the reporting student did not want him to contact her in any way and that he would be issuing a Code of Conduct Violation regarding his behavior to the Dean of Students.
A set of mysterious messages sparked an ongoing feud between three UA students.
A UAPD officer arrived at Likins Residence Hall at approximately 10:40 p.m. on Sept. 16 in response to reports of possible harassment. There he met with the two women who made the report.
According to the first woman, a third woman had received texts and social media messages from someone claiming to be the first woman. Whoever the unknown person was claimed to be hooking up with the third woman’s ex-boyfriend.
The number belonged to someone from Newport Beach, California.
The third woman allegedly believed that the first woman was truly the person messaging her and was so upset she hired a private investigator to prove it.
The first and second women swore to the officer that neither of them had sent any messages of that nature to the third woman, saying that they hardly knew her, though they had all gone to the same high school.
The two women expressed concern for their personal safety, as they believed the third woman knew where they lived.
The third woman had also allegedly previously revealed she had knowledge of the women’s personal lives. She knew of the second woman’s twin brother and of people that the second woman found creepy.
Additionally, the third woman belonged to the same sorority as the first woman. The first woman told the officer that she had already informed her house mother of the situation.
The two women said they had received no threats from the third woman. Other than knowledge of personal information, there were no other signs that the two women were in any danger.
Due to stress from the situation, the second woman had experienced extreme anxiety and trouble sleeping. The officer referred her to UA’s Counseling and Psychological Services.
Attempts by the officer to contact this woman yielded no results, however, he did forward an FYI to the Dean of Students Office regarding the incident.
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