Police Beat: February 8

No sense on Speedway

A man was arrested for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant near the Architecture building, after being seen “angrily shouting nonsense” to himself at 12:34 p.m. on Feb. 5.

The University of Arizona Police Department first saw the man sitting on the south end of a wall outside the Gamma Phi Beta sorority house.

The man was spotted shouting at what appeared to be someone in a white pickup truck, but as police neared, the man began to incoherently point and shout at them.

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As the officer approached the man, he realized the truck was empty and the suspect was, “angrily shouting nonsense words and pounding his fists on the wall he was sitting on.”

The suspect then stepped down from the wall and walked through the sorority parking lot to Speedway Boulevard, while the officer
remained at the sorority, asking to speak with the man.

“Kill me, just fucking kill me,” the man replied.

The officer then called in additional help, as he followed the suspect to the sidewalk, who then ran into eastbound traffic on Speedway Boulevard.

Additional officers arrived, before a foot pursuit of the subject began. Now near the east side of the Architecture building, the suspect ran around a bike rack, before pushing a white bike in the way of a pursuing officer. The officer was able to catch the man by a backpack strap on his right shoulder.

The suspect was arrested for a confirmed warrant from Tucson Police Department related to possession of marijuana and cited by UAPD for failing to yield while crossing the roadway. The man possessed no illegal substances or contraband, but while on the ground he remained “combative,” by flailing his arms.

He was transported and booked into Pima County Jail.

I want to ride my bicycle

A non-UA affiliate was arrested on a confirmed warrant of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, before being booked into Pima County Jail at 7:51 a.m. on Feb. 5.

UAPD received a report of a suspicious man riding a bicycle with a baby carriage, before making contact with the individual at Lee Street and First Avenue.

The reporting party had noticed the suspect enter the Esquire apartments on Park Avenue with no possessions, before turning around to see him with two bicycles and the carriage. The caller then contacted UAPD about the suspicious activity.

The suspect who was cooperative with police, said he’d been riding around for a while but hadn’t been near Park Avenue. He then denied having entered an apartment complex or stealing any bikes, but restated he’d been riding around.

Although the man didn’t have any bikes attached to the carriage, he was in possession of bolt cutters, a chisel, vice grip pliers, and other miscellaneous tools, while speaking with police.

The items were for when his car or bike broke down, he told UAPD.
The man had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on charges of possession of both drug paraphernalia and marijuana. He was then taken into custody.

Additionally, UAPD had received a report of forced burglary at a house near the apartment, which occurred between 11:30 p.m. and 6:50 a.m., involving a cut lock to gain entry.

An officer then submitted the suspect’s cutting tools and broken lock into Department of Public Safety for a possible connection between the report and his items.

While searching the man, they found a woman’s credit card in his wallet, which he said he found three months prior at a Circle K. Police also found an unopened syringe.

“It’s for what I do,” the man said to police, before he added, “I shoot meth.”

The green cruiser bike the suspect had been riding was his girlfriend’s, he told police. UAPD informed him she’ll have to present proof of ownership to retrieve the bike from their station.

He was then transported to Pima County Jail and told unless he has a “legitimate reason,” he will be arrested for being on UA property.


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