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Police Beat: December 9

Bloody hell

Dried blood was found splattered at the UA Museum of Art on Nov. 22.

A University of Arizona Police Department officer responded to the double-door entry on the second floor of the art museum in reference to the report of blood. The officer saw the blood on one of the exterior glass doors and dried blood on the floor next to the door.

Among the blood were approximately 2-inch-long sharp metal shards with the word “Catclaw” etched into them. The blood also appeared to be contained to the outside of the building and nowhere else.

The officer spoke with workers at the building adjacent to the museum, and no one said they saw anyone in the area who was bleeding. The officer also had dispatch contact the University of Arizona Medical Center and the Tucson Fire Department to find if they had treated any patients with lacerations the night prior. Both said they had not.

Another officer and a police aide arrived on the scene to help with the investigation. The police aide noticed a blood spatter on the window ledge above the door. The officer noticed that the ledge was lined with more of the “Catclaw” metal spokes.

The spokes were affixed to the ledge pointing upright and were designed to prevent birds from perching on the ledge. The officer noted that it appeared as if someone had attempted to climb up the wall next to the doors in order to gain access to the roof, but they fell in the process of climbing.

The officer contacted the building monitor, who said the building had issues with people tagging graffiti on the roof. The officer asked her if someone would have put blood on the doors as a possible art project, and she told him that special permission would be required to do so.

The scene was photographed and the blood-covered “Catclaw” spokes were placed in evidence. The officer also noted that the door for roof access did not lock from the outside and can be accessed by anyone.

Top bunk drunk

A male student was diverted through the Dean of Students Office for a minor in possession in body on Nov. 23.

UAPD officers were dispatched to Coconino Residence Hall in response to reports of a visitor who may have fallen from a top bunk. The resident assistant who reported the incident said the individual had been vomiting and may have been intoxicated.

University Emergency Medical Services workers were already treating the visitor, who was identified as a student, when the UAPD officers arrived.

The room’s resident said she was in the room with the individual. Tucson Fire Department firefighters arrived on the scene and determined that the individual did not need to be transported to a medical facility.

The individual still had vomit on his face and his speech was slurred. He told the officers he had been drinking earlier at an off-campus party, and he estimated that he had consumed four to five hard liquor drinks. He said he didn’t know what type of liquor he had.

The individual’s sober friends who were on the scene escorted him to his residence hall to care for him until he sobered up.

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