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Police Beat 4/25/2018: Feeling on top

Alex McIntyre
A University of Arizona Police Department officer makes a call while standing by the Koffler building on the UA campus.

Hop on cop

A University of Arizona Police Department officer jumped on the case after a male student jumped on his patrol vehicle around 4:30 p.m. on April 7.

The officer returned to his marked patrol vehicle after issuing a warning to the president of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity for playing loud music. 

While sitting in the parked vehicle, the officer felt something move near the rear of the car. 

Looking in his rear-view mirror, he spotted a young man wearing floral-patterned board shorts climbing up the car, past the rear window and onto the roof.

The officer exited his vehicle and noticed a nearby group of students walking toward the fraternity house. One of the men in the group was wearing the same floral board shorts.

The officer stopped the man and instructed him to sit on the curb. The student complied and identified himself as a member of the fraternity.

The student told the officer he “thought it would be funny to jump on the car.” However, he did not realize the officer was still in the vehicle.

According to the student, he was just trying to get into the fraternity house where he lived. When pressed, he admitted that climbing on the officer’s car was not an effective route to get to 

his residence.

After inspecting his vehicle and finding no apparent damage, the officer informed the student that he would not be arrested.

The officer forwarded a Student Code of Conduct violation to the dean of students.

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Out of stalk

A female UA Bookstore employee called UAPD April 6 to help report a stalker. 

When the officer arrived at the Bookstore, the employee told the officer a male student had repeatedly made her feel uncomfortable. She explained, for over a year, she encountered the student so frequently at odd places that it had to be more than pure coincidence.

Last year, while leaving work, she noticed the student waiting next to her bike at the rack where it was parked. She did not feel comfortable going home that day for fear he would follow her.

The employee said the man had never spoken with her but displayed an obvious interest and followed her frequently. She previously told him to leave her alone, but had since grown too afraid to confront him.

UA Bookstore security was familiar with the male student as he is known to wander through the store for hours. He often entered the store, to reportedly look for the employee, only to leave soon if he did not find her.

After a brief phone call, the officer met with the student near Old Main and explained the situation to him.

The student did not feel he displayed those actions intentionally. He denied harassing anyone, and said he just liked to browse.

The officer told the male student should he choose to browse at the bookstore in the future, he needs to avoid all female employees.

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