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    Police Beat: Jan. 29

    No sleep, heroin allowed in ILC

    A University of Arizona Police Department officer responded to the UA Main Library at 1510 E. University Blvd. on Tuesday at 4:54 a.m. in response to reports of a man sleeping in the Manuel T. Pacheco Integrated Learning Center.

    A library information assistant stated that there was a man sleeping by the library. The woman had previously warned the man of the rule which prohibits sleeping­ or even being in the ILC after 1 a.m.

    The officer woke the man. The man identified himself verbally because he did not have any photo identification on him. A records check showed he had been warned several times about trespassing at the ILC.

    The man stated he knew he was trespassing and that he had decided to ignore what he had been told previously. He was charged with second-degree criminal trespassing.

    Another officer found the man’s social security card along with a woman’s CatCard in his backpack. The card revealed that the man had given police his brother’s name.

    The man admitted to using his brother’s name the first time he spoke with police and claimed he had just found the CatCard in the library.

    After a records check was made on his actual name, a felony warrant from Pima County Jail for unlawful possession of marijuana was found.

    His identity was confirmed by a tattoo on his back.

    When asked why he lied about his name, he said, “”I don’t want to say anything any longer.””

    Upon completing his search of the man’s backpack, the officer also found bent spoons and rolled up aluminum pieces with black residue on them along with several syringes. The residue on the paraphernalia indicated black tar heroin.

    When a second records check came through, it showed that the man was a known heroin user. He was cited with criminal trespassing, false reporting to law enforcement and drug paraphernalia.

    The contents of the backpack were placed into police property as evidence. The officer requested that the black residue be tested.

    Marijuana candy

    A UAPD officer arrived at the Villa del Puente Residence Hall at 10:24 a.m. on Tuesday to check on the well-being of a student.

    The man’s roommate stated that the man was disoriented, not alert and that his hands were twitching.

    After the Tucson Fire Department arrived, the man told paramedics that the night before he had eaten a piece of candy in which there had been marijuana.

    He said that in the past, when he had smoked marijuana, he had never had an unusual reaction.

    The night before, the man said he had been rushing two fraternities. Afterwards, he went to his sister’s house to spend time with her and her roommate.

    The officer called both the sister and her roommate. The sister’s roommate did have candies resembling Jolly Ranchers with marijuana in them, but said that she hadn’t noticed anything out of the ordinary. The man’s sister did not see him eat any but said he might have had some after 9 p.m.

    The roommate, however, claimed she had not seen the man in over a week and that she might have had the candies about a week ago.

    She was told of the laws regarding marijuana possession and to get rid of any remaining candies.

    The Tucson Fire Department transported the man to the University Medical Center. A Code of Conduct form was sent to the Dean of Students.

    Dramatic reaction to skateboard citation

    A UAPD officer was on patrol on University Boulevard and noticed a man doing tricks on his skateboard at the ILC at 1500 E. University Blvd. on Tuesday at 4:45 p.m.

    The officer watched him for several minutes and saw him grinding on curbs and benches in the area.

    At first, the man did not respond to the officer’s request to stop. He continued riding his skateboard from University Boulevard towards Park Avenue.

    At the intersection of University Boulevard and Park Avenue, the officer positioned the patrol car so the man would be forced to ride right in front of him.

    The officer motioned for the man to stop again. The man then threw himself off his skateboard and onto the ground.

    He became argumentative with the officer and shoved the skateboard within inches of the officer’s face.

    While waiting for another officer to arrive, the man sat on the curb and a records check was done. The check showed that the man had been warned before regarding the UA’s skateboard policy.

    The man was issued a parking and transportation citation for violations of prohibited actions.

    He then became very agitated and stood up. The officer told him to sit down. The man then threw himself to the ground, face down. He stated that he didn’t want to be slammed on the ground by an officer, so he did it himself.

    The man was given a copy of the citation and released.

    Even the battery?!

    A UAPD officer responded to the McKale Parking Garage at 1641 E. Enke Dr. at 7:11 p.m. on Tuesday.

    A man reported that he had parked his father’s 2005 Toyota Sequoia in the garage at 9:15 a.m., and that when he returned, it was gone.

    Shattered glass was found near where the car had been parked. The man also stated that there had beenover $7,000 worth of stereo and television equipment. The man was given his victim’s rights and a stolen vehicle affidavit. Then, the scene was cleared.

    At 8:49 p.m. that same day, the Tucson Police Department told UAPD that the man’s car had been found at 501 S. Park Ave.

    The officer photographed the entire car. It was found with the trunk and all four doors open. The stereo in the dash was taken out, as well as the rear sound system and television screens from inside the headrests. Footprints were photographed and fingerprints were lifted from the car.

    The owner of the car tried to start the car with a spare key, but the officers then noticed that the battery had also been taken from the car.

    The prints and photos were placed into police property as evidence, and the victim’s rights were reissued.


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