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    Police Beat: April 19

    Man runs from car, marijuana

    A University of Arizona Police Department officer was called to the area of Park Avenue and University Boulevard after someone reported four or five men trying to start fights.

    The person reporting the incident told dispatch that the men were driving around in a blue Ford Explorer yelling out the window, “”Southside 13.””

    The officer found the car driving near the intersection of Park Avenue and Speedway Boulevard.

    As another UAPD officer performed a traffic stop in the Circle K parking lot at 977 E. Speedway Blvd., he reported that one of the men inside the car was running from the scene.

    The officer saw the other officer, who had pulled the car over and tackled the man after he ran across Park Avenue on the east side of the 7-Eleven store.

    The man was handcuffed, and a records check showed that he did not have any warrants.

    The officer noticed that the man had bloodshot eyes and smelled strongly of alcohol. The man told the officer that he remembered yelling at people but did not know what he said.

    Before running from the car, the man had damaged the side of a Ford Mustang, and the owner wanted to press charges. The man was arrested for criminal damage and minor in possession.

    The man was searched before being placed in the back of the patrol car, and the officer found a green marijuana bud in the left front pocket of the man’s shirt. The man said he had forgotten it was in his pocket. He was also arrested for possession of marijuana.

    Once back at the Circle K parking lot, the driver of the car also showed signs of being under the influence. He was under 21 and arrested for minor in possession and minor operating a vehicle with spirituous liquor in body.

    A baggie of marijuana and part of a smoking pipe was found stuffed behind the passenger seat.

    The man who had run from the car was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

    The man and the driver were both transported to and booked into Pima County Jail. The car was towed and impounded.

    A laptop was found in the car. The laptop and the marijuana were placed into UAPD property.

    ‘Dwight’ hits and runs

    A witness called UAPD after he saw a traffic accident happen in the Park Avenue Garage at 1140 N. Park Ave. on Tuesday at 11:43 a.m.

    The witness told the officer that he saw a white Jeep Wrangler that sped into a parking space and hit a blue Toyota Tundra pickup truck. He also gave a description of the driver, saying he looked like “”Dwight from ‘The Office.'””

    After striking the truck, the witness said he looked around to make sure no one was watching and moved the Jeep to a different parking space.

    The officer found the truck and the owner on the third level of the garage. Damage included a large dent in the back of the truck above the bumper, paint transfer and dents to back left part of the bumper where metal had also been shifted up and under the truck.

    The officer then found the Jeep parked on the opposite side of the third level of the parking garage.

    There was damage done to the front of the car that matched the damage done to the back of the Toyota.

    The officer left a voicemail for the driver of the Jeep and put a note on the car.

    The driver called and left a message for the officer saying that he was in an accident that morning but could not speak with the officer.

    The officer then spoke with the father of the driver. The dad said that his son had been driving the car and that he was a UA student.

    At 6:20 p.m., the driver of the Jeep voluntarily went to the UAPD main station to be cited for leaving the scene of an accident-failure to notify owner and no proof of insurance.

    The man was cited and released, and a Code of Conduct referral was sent to the Dean of Students.

    Cell phone stalker

    A UAPD officer arrived to the Manzanita-Mohave Residence Hall on Wednesday at 10:58 p.m. after a woman reported receiving a threatening text message.

    The woman told the officer that, at 10:10 p.m., she had gotten a text message from a phone number she did not recognize that said, “”Your Stalker: Do not leave your room tonight if you want to be alive in the morning.””

    The woman said she did not have any more information about the phone number and did not know who could have sent it.

    The officer tried to call the phone number but got a message from Verizon Wireless saying the number had been disconnected. The woman said that she called the number immediately after getting the text and heard the same message.

    She told the officer that she was not afraid of the message but wanted the incident documented.

    The officer advised her to call UAPD right away if she got another message.

    Would you deposit a Craigslist check?

    A UAPD officer spoke with a woman at the main station on Wednesday at 1:02 p.m. because she wanted to report possible harassment and fraud.

    The woman told the officer that she applied for a job on with a man who claimed to be a CEO for a construction company based in the United Kingdom.

    The man had told the woman that he would be communicating with her mostly through e-mail because he was very busy.

    The man sent the woman her first assignment via e-mail. He told her to deposit a check he sent her in the mail into her personal account and the send the cash via Western Union to one of his “”clients.””

    Once the woman got the check, she had it verified by Wells Fargo. While it was being verified, she got suspicious and sent an e-mail to the man saying that she would be tearing up the check.

    The man became upset in his e-mails and said that she could not just rip up a $3,000 check. He also stated that he knew where she lived.

    The woman also filed a report with the FBI. She was advised to change any information the man had.

    The officer sent an e-mail to the man telling him that if he contacted the woman again, he would be charged with harassment.

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