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Police Beat: December 2

Open to interpretation

A non-UA affiliated individual reported being attacked by two unidentified men on Nov. 16.

A University of Arizona Police Department officer responded to a report of a fight in progress around 11:30 p.m. Upon arrival at the scene, he was flagged down by a man.

The officer asked the man what was happening, and the man indicated he had a hearing impairment. He had an interpreter on his phone facilitate communication with the officer via video chat.

The man said he was attacked by two men whom he described as “crazy and drunk.” He said the men knew he was hearing impaired and tried to steal his wallet, which was chained to his pants.

He said the men took $53 from him, punched him in the back and pushed him to the ground. One of the men, he said, was taller than him while the other was the same height as him.

The man was complaining of pain in his back but said he did not want to go to the hospital because he could not afford it. He was informed that an evaluation by paramedics would not cost him anything, and he could refuse transportation to the hospital.

The man also said he was diabetic and had run out of medication several weeks prior. Paramedics evaluated him, and he refused transportation to the hospital. However, once they left, he asked the officers to take him to the hospital so he could obtain more medication.

It was found that the man had prior cases where he used an interpreter to report being robbed by unidentifiable suspects and then requesting transportation to another location.
 
Catch me if you can

A UA student was diverted to the Dean of Students Office after shoplifting from the UA Bookstore on Nov. 18.

A UAPD officer responded to Cochise Residence Hall regarding bookstore employees chasing down a male student who had shoplifted from the bookstore. When the officer arrived, a security team member had stopped the male.

The security team member said he had tried to confront the student outside of the bookstore when the male took off running. Security team members chased him on foot until he came to a stop outside of Cochise.

The student was read his Miranda rights, and he said he understood them. The officer asked the student if he would answer questions. The student said, “It depends on what kind of questions you ask.”

The officer told the student his response needed to be a yes or no, and the student replied with a yes. 

The student said he bought two things from the bookstore but did not have enough money to buy the rest of the items he wanted. He said when he got a bag with his purchases, he put a pair of headphones in his pocket and put a hat, bow tie and sunglasses in his bag with his purchases.

He then continued to walk out of the bookstore past the registers.

The officer asked why the student ran away, and the student said he had previously gotten a citation for a minor in possession.

The student had stolen $150.47 worth of items.

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