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    Police Beat: November 6

    Suicidal student survives overdose, self-inflicted stab wounds

    A UA student was transported to University of Arizona Medical Center for possible drug overdose and alcohol intoxication at 2:47 a.m. on Nov. 1.

    A University of Arizona Police Department officer went to the Apache-Santa Cruz residence hall in response to a report that a student had taken some pills, and was now heavily intoxicated. When the officer arrived, a resident assistant led him to the room where the man was located. Upon entering the room, the officer and RA questioned the man while observing his dilated pupils and bloodshot eyes. A woman was also in the room during questioning.

    The man said he’d been having trouble in school and was depressed because he knew he wouldn’t be returning next semester, since he owes the university money. He said he was afraid for his safety and to go back home to California, because he believes people in the area want to hurt him. During his explanation, the officer noted the suspect was “very lethargic and intoxicated.”

    The man said he’d drank Jameson whiskey earlier, and had taken five Xanax. When Tucson Fire Department arrived and evaluated the man, he changed his story, this time saying he had taken 10-15 pills, and said yes when asked if he was trying to harm himself.

    Following this conversation, TFD rushed the man to UAMC, where his blood alcohol content was measured at .213, and his body tested positive for Benzodiazepine an ingredient in Xanax. UAPD then questioned the woman with him earlier in his dorm, who told police the student had expressed a desire to die.

    The next morning, a nurse at UAMC told an officer during a follow-up assessment that the man was scheduled for a mental heath evaluation at 10 a.m., but prior to that got out of bed, found a pair of scissors and repeatedly stabbed himself six times in the chest and neck. None of the wounds were life threatening, but his family was contacted and he was processed through further mental health evaluations.

    Drunk student rocks hot dog stand

    A UAPD officer contacted a man following reported suspicious activity and possible criminal damage to a UA hot dog stand at 12:02 a.m. on Nov. 1. The reporting party witnessed a white man wearing a dark sweatshirt and knitted hat, near McClelland Hall using a decorative rock to try and break loose the lock on the closed stand.

    Following the man’s repeated unsuccessful attempts of breaking the padlock, he headed northbound on Olive Road. At this time, the police found the suspect fitting the description, and questioned him. The man, a UA student, identified himself with an Arizona driver’s license and was noticeably intoxicated. When the officer asked the student if he was responsible or knew who was responsible for the attempted break-in at the hot dog stand, he said he had no recollection of the incident, “but it seemed like something he would do if he was drinking.”

    Following this, the reporting party identified the hooded suspect as the one responsible for the incident, and he completed a Code of Conduct form, which was forwarded to the Dean of Students Office.

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