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Police Beat: April 30, 2015

Barking mad

A male individual reported an incident of assault at Tumamoc Hill to the University of Arizona Police Department on April 15. 

The individual who reported the assault said he saw a man walking two dogs along the gas line into UA property. The individual said he made contact with the man and informed him that dogs were not allowed on Tumamoc Hill. The individual also informed the man that the area in question was closed to walkers at that time. 

The man ignored the reporting individual and continued to walk along the gas line. The reporting individual proceeded to take out his phone and tell the man that he was going to call the police. 

The individual said that as he was holding the cellphone in his hand, the man pushed down on the phone, causing it to leave the individual’s grip. The individual said that he had caught the phone before it had reached the ground. 

The individual stated that during the encounter, the man made several incoherent statements. These statements consisted of the man stating that he was a Vietnam veteran and speaking about God. The man also told the individual, “God help you if I see you again.”

The individual told the UAPD officer that he felt threatened by the statement. 

The officer made contact with a retired professor doing research with the reporting party who said that he had not witnessed the incident. However, he said that he had been involved with the man in a separate incident shortly after the original.

He said that he too had informed the man that dogs were not allowed on Tumamoc Hill and that the man began yelling incoherently and continued to make his way down the hill.

The reporting party said that he wished to prosecute if the man was located. The man was not found near the property at the time of dispatch.

It was actually Tom Hanks

A UAPD officer was dispatched to Roy’s Place, an extension of the UA BookStores, in reference to a shoplifting incident on April 15. 

The reporting party informed the officer that an individual wearing a baggy blue jersey had concealed items within the store that were held for sale and proceeded to leave without paying.

The individual had made contact with two other subjects, one wearing a pink shirt and the other wearing a dark grey shirt, within the store. The officer noted that they appeared to be friends. The surveillance video showed that the individual in the pink shirt had turned away from the individual in the baggy blue jersey as the latter concealed two shirts under his own.

A moment later, the same individual proceeded to conceal a hat in his left pocket. He then left the store with the other two individuals. 

The reporting party informed the officer that the individuals in the pink and grey shirts were across the street. They had gone inside a library and the officer waited for them to come back out. 

The officer made contact with the two individuals. The individual in the pink shirt identified himself and provided guardian information. He said that he only knew the individual in the baggy blue jersey from downtown and knew him as “Big.” He did not know anything else about him.

The other individual was uncooperative with the officer. Both were released as there was no evidence proving that they had any connection with the suspect.

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