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    Police Beat: April 6

    Rowdy roommate row

    A University of Arizona Police Department officer arrived to the Apache-Santa Cruz Residence Hall on Thursday at 6 p.m. after a resident assistant reported two fighting students.

    When the officer arrived at the dorm room, the RA told the officer that he had heard loud banging noises coming from one of the rooms. When the men who shared the room answered the door they were short of breath, and one of them had blood on his shirt.

    One of the men told the officer that he and his roommate had shared the room since January and that his roommate was moving out because he had been evicted because of noise violations.

    The man told the officer that, after he had returned from spring break, he noticed that $130 was missing from his room and assumed that his roommate took the money.

    The man asked his roommate if he stole the money, and he said no. The man became angry and decided that he would take his roommate’s stereo as collateral for the money.

    He said that, because the roommate owed him the money, the stereo would be enough compensation.

    The roommate told the officer that he confronted the man about taking his stereo and told him that he never stole the money, so he could not take anything from him.

    The roommate said the man then called him a “”sketchy motherfucker”” and pushed him.

    After being pushed several times in the chest, the man then hit the roommate in the face with closed fists.

    The fight lasted between three and five minutes, and they started to calm down. Another fight began and lasted until the RA came to the room to stop them.

    The roommate had a cut on his lip, a bloody mouth and a bump on his forehead. The other resident had a scratch on his neck and a small cut on his finger.

    The resident who had tried to steal the stereo was arrested for disorderly conduct, domestic violence, assault-domestic violence and attempted theft.

    The man was transported to Pima County Jail.

    Photos of the room and the men were taken and placed into UAPD property as evidence.

    The roommate was issued a victim’s rights form and a Code of Conduct referral was sent to the Dean of Students for the incident.

    Dumpster fire at frat house

    A UAPD officer responded to the Sigma Chi fraternity house at 1423 E. First St. on Thursday at 1:23 p.m. after someone called to report a dumpster fire.

    When the officer got to the house, the Tucson Fire Department was already putting the flames out with a fire hose.

    The officer secured the area.

    A man flagged down the officer and told him that he was the one who reported the fire. He said that he had parked his car and was walking through the parking lot when he noticed smoke coming from the dumpster area.

    After he called the fire department, he noticed flames start to emerge from the dumpster.

    The man told the officer that there was no one in the area when the fire started and that he did not notice anything suspicious that would indicate arson.

    Once the fire was out, the officer saw that damage was limited to a dumpster lid that was partially melted.

    Surveillance video from outside the house, but the video did not show the dumpster or anything related to the fire.

    TPD told the officer that some coals were found at the bottom of the dumpster, a member of the fraturnity said that the barbeque was used by the house to cook often and that some coal may have been thrown away.

    The cook told the officer that he thought the coals were cool enough to be thrown away and that he did not think they could have started the fire.

    The scene was cleared, and photos of the dumpster and coals were taken and put into property.

    Victim’s rights were issued to the City of Tucson Risk Management.


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