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    Police Beat

    Man allegedly threatens students in ILC

    A man was arrested for various disorderly conduct charges Feb. 4 at 1:40 a.m.

    Police responded to the UA Main Library in reference to a man making threats toward students. Police were given a description of the man in order to look for him when they arrived. They made contact with a man wearing a dirty green jacket and beanie, who was using a computer in the south part of the Manuel T. Pacheco Integrated Learning Center. The man was asked to stand up and go to a study room with officers, where they patted him down for weapons. Nothing unusual was found.

    The man was informed that he was being detained for questioning about threats he had made toward two UA students. The man had allegedly asked the students, “”Have you ever had a gun held to your head?”” When asked about this, the man said he did not say that and he did not understand why anybody would accuse him of making threats.

    Police then made contact with the two students. They told officers that they had been in the ILC studying around midnight when they saw the man staring at them from a public computer on the first floor of the library. The students said the look that the man was giving them was “”very scary.”” After staring at them, the man reportedly yelled at them, saying, “”Have you ever had a gun held to your head?”” The man than began walking toward them. When he came within a couple of feet, he suddenly turned and walked away toward the ILC. The students could not see him after that. The students said the man did not make any threatening gestures toward them while he was walking. They waited in the ILC and after a short time, the man returned to an area where they could see him use a computer. They positively identified the man that police were questioning as the man they encountered. Both students were issued Victim’s Rights.

    A check of the man showed that he had two previous warnings from University of Arizona Police Department for trespassing in May and August 2008. The man then told police he had asked the students about having a gun to their heads, but refused to answer any other questions.

    The man was arrested for criminal threats and intimidation and criminal trespassing. He was also given an Exclusionary Order by the UAPD. The order stated that for one year he was not allowed to be on any UA owned, rented or controlled property. He was taken to Pima County Jail where he was booked on the charges.

    Blind man reported as behaving suspiciously

    Police made contact with a man who was reportedly “”acting suspicious”” Feb. 3 at 7:22 p.m.

    Police responded to the area of Helen Street and Park Avenue to make contact with the man. He was reported as being suspicious because he was wearing a beanie low on his face with dark sunglasses and a white bandage on his face. The reporting party said the man was stumbling around the parking lot north of McClelland Hall putting his hands on different cars.

    The man informed officers he was wearing the sunglasses and bandage over his face because he is “”somewhat blind.”” He told officers he often staggers around while walking. The man said he does not use a cane because it makes him a target for being robbed. He told officers his mother lives in the area and he was just there to visit her.

    Police documented the event, but decided it was not a case of suspicious activity.

    Man engaged in ‘suspicious’ can gathering

    Police responded to an alley between Vine Avenue and Highland Avenue for a suspicious person Feb. 3 at 11:52 a.m.

    Police made contact with a man who was going through dumpsters and trashcans in the area. They told him he could not be doing that on UA property.

    The man told the officers he was “”just picking up cans”” as he walked through the area. He then left the scene without another word.

    Civic-minded men submit marijuana to police

    Two men turned in a joint Feb. 2 at 9:30 a.m.

    Police made contact with two men in the lobby of the UAPD police station. The two men said they had been walking on the north side of the Stewart Observatory when they saw a marijuana cigarette on the ground.

    The men said they were going to throw the joint away, but decided to bring it into the police department instead so it could be taken care of properly.

    The marijuana cigarette was placed into UAPD evidence to be destroyed. It is unknown who the joint belonged to.

    Marijuana odor trail leads to suspended license

    A woman was cited and released for driving on a suspended license Feb. 2 at 5:13 p.m.

    While on patrol near Speedway Boulevard and Campbell Avenue, an officer began to smell marijuana. The officer was following a car that had the rear passenger window rolled down halfway. The officer continued to follow the car. The car then changed lanes, and the officer noted that he no longer smelled marijuana. He also switched lanes, and once he was behind the car, began to smell marijuana again. The car then crossed a double solid line to get into the 7-Eleven parking lot on Park and Speedway, so the officer initiated a traffic stop.

    The woman identified herself to the officer. While talking to her, the officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. The woman was asked to step out of her vehicle so the officer could search it, due to the smell of marijuana. The woman told officers that earlier her friends had smoked, but she did not. Nothing suspicious was found in the vehicle.

    A check of the woman’s named showed that her driver’s license was suspended as of Jan. 13.

    The woman was cited and released for driving on a suspended license. Her car was impounded.

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