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Police Beat 2/27/2019: Smoke and mirrors

Courtesy UAPD

University of Arizona Police Department officers on the UA campus. 


Meat wasn’t the only thing to get grilled Jan. 25. The University of Arizona Police Department questioned a man barbecuing.

Two officers made their way to an alley north of Speedway Boulevard near the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity house after receiving a report of smoke and a potential fire at approximately 2 a.m., according to police. 

However, upon arrival, members of the Tucson Fire Department’s Engine 3 informed the officers that they had located a man nearby using a barbecue grill, the cause of the smoke. The officers found the man behind G’s Barber Shop using the grill. 

A sign near the shop warned against loitering. One of the officers asked the man if he was aware of the sign. The man identified himself as an employee of the book store next to the barber shop and said he had permission to be there and use the grill.

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The officer could not immediately contact either the owner of the book store or the barber shop, so he told the man that an officer would check with the bookstore owner once it opened. If the man was found to be lying, he would be arrested for loitering.

The man also had an active warrant from the Tucson Police Department for misdemeanor trespassing, for which he could also be potentially arrested if he did not actually have permission to be in the area behind the stores.

At approximately 12:15 p.m., another UAPD officer spoke with the manager of the book store. The manager told the officer he knew the man. On some mornings, he allowed the man inside the store and paid him to help clean.

The manager said that he knew the man sometimes slept in the alley behind the store, which he did not want him to do. He also admitted to throwing away sleeping bags found in the alley in the past.

The officer also spoke with an employee of G’s Barber Shop, who told her they allow the man to use the grill.

The police report did not give any follow up information into the man’s status after his initial meeting with UAPD.

That’s foul!

A basketball heckler ended up in a heck of a lot of trouble after he was arrested for disorderly conduct at McKale Memorial Center on Feb. 7.

According to police, at approximately 7:45 p.m., an A-Team security guard alerted a UAPD officer to the man’s unruly behavior during the basketball game between the Arizona Wildcats and the Washington Huskies. 

The security guard said the man was disrupting the game by hurling expletives and swinging a cane in the air. She had warned the man to control himself and placed another A-Team member to watch him.

Several other people had apparently complained to security about the way the man was behaving.

The security guard told the officer she was going to remove the man from the game and escort him out. The officer contacted a UAPD sergeant who was also working the game to join them.

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The officer and sergeant followed the security guard as she located the man and informed him that she was ejecting him from the game due to his disruptive behavior.

The man began to curse at the security guard, calling her vulgar names. He then stood up and leaned towards her in what the officer noted was an “aggressive manner.”

The officer grabbed his left arm and pinned it behind the man’s back. The sergeant grabbed the man’s right arm.

The officer handcuffed the man, who was now leaning over the seat. During the handcuffing, the man attempted to headbutt a nearby spectator.

The man was lead out of McKale, reportedly cursing the entire time. The officer charged him with Disorderly Conduct Disturbing the Peace. Both the security guard and the spectator the man tried to headbutt wanted to press charges. 

The man was transported to Pima County Jail.

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