Police Beat 2/28/2018: It’s All Greek to Me
What a Dive
Two University of Arizona Police Department officers responded a report of a suspicious man on Greek Row at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Feb. 19.
The witness told officers he had seen a man with long hair looking into the windows of multiple vehicles parked near the Kappa Sigma fraternity house and trying to gain entry. There was no obvious damage to the vehicles.
The officers then located a man matching the description in the dumpster behind the Alpha Delta Pi sorority house.
When they shone a light on him, the officers realized that the man was brandishing a pocket knife. The man dropped the knife and exited the dumpster, placing his backpack on the ground.
The man told the officers that he had multiple other weapons, including knives, mace and a UA “pokey thing.” Based on his reports of weapons, the officers detained the man.
The man explained to the officers that he was a scavenger and was looking in the dumpster for abandoned items. He also told them he was homeless.
He denied looking into vehicles or trying to gain entry. The man also refused to consent to a search of his backpack, saying he had a laptop, a knife and other personal belongings inside.
The officers issued the man an exclusionary order for a period of six months and made it clear the man would be arrested if he returned to campus.
Party in the U of A
A noise complaint caused a UAPD officer to pay a visit to the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity house on Feb. 8 at approximately 10:30 p.m.
When the officer arrived, he met with the ZBT risk management house member and informed him that a neighbor called to complain about the noise. The ZBT member told the officer he and other house members had notified neighbors of the party beforehand.
He also told the officer the music had only been on for about half an hour before the officer arrived and the event was scheduled to go until 1:30 a.m.
The officer estimated that, during this conversation, over 200 people had entered the house and more were arriving.
The ZBT member had Wild West Security refuse any more guests because they were already at capacity. Security closed the gate to the ZBT parking lot and ordered people not already inside the house to leave.
The officer requested for the music to be turned down, which the ZBT member did multiple times, however it would continually be turned back up. Eventually it was turned down to a more reasonable level.
The officer conducted area checks throughout the night. At 1 a.m., he noticed the music had been turned back up. There was also a light show emitting from the backyard and lots of loud yelling. However, no further noise complaints were issued.
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