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    Police Beat

    Woman attempts to ‘advocate’ for arrested man

    A man was arrested for two warrants March 2 at 4:10 p.m.

    While on patrol near the Park Student Union, a Univesity of Arizona Police Department employee saw a man speaking to some women. The man matched the description of a person who was warned twice earlier in the day for trespassing and yelling at women. The man had been instructed to leave the area after he was seen panhandling near Arizona Stadium. When the man saw the employee he began to shake his fist at the man.

    An officer responded to the area. He saw the man pulling a wagon on Park Avenue towards University Boulevard. The officer observed the man walk up to a female and speak with her. The woman looked uncomfortable and quickly walked away. The officer asked her if she was OK and she replied, “”Yeah, he just asked me for fifty cents.””

    The officer made contact with the man. The man told officers that he had “”bad legs”” after giving them his name. A records check showed that the man had two warrants from the Marana Municipal Court for failure to appear. The man was placed under arrest and told he was being taken to jail for his warrants.

    When the handcuffs had been placed on the man, an unknown woman approached the officer. She told him that she was an “”advocate”” and that “”this is a person, not an animal.”” The woman then moved within three feet of the man. The officer asked her to step back. She walked around to the other side of the man and tried to speak with him. The officer moved in between the woman and the man. The woman then demanded to know why the man was being arrested. The officer told her that it was none of her business.

    The woman then moved back to the man’s other side, kneeled down next to him and asked him “”Why are you being arrested?”” The man said, “”I don’t know.””

    The woman then yelled, “”He has a right to know why he is being arrested! Tell me why he is being arrested.”” The officer informed the woman that the man knew why he was being arrested.

    She asked for the officer’s name and badge number, the name and badge number of the police aide who was on scene and the man’s name.

    The woman asked the man if anyone would be waiting for him at the jail and he said no. She then walked away.

    The man was transported to jail where he was booked for his warrants. His wagon was taken to the UAPD station for safekeeping.

    Beer run taken too far, man arrested

    A man was arrested on charges of shoplifting and five outstanding warrants on March 2 at 1:30 a.m.

    The clerk of the Circle K on Speedway Boulevard came outside and told the officers who were there that a man had just stolen a six-pack of Milwaukee’s Best beer, valued at $3.69 plus tax, and was headed down the alley next to the store.

    The officers walked toward different parts of the alley. They saw the man running northbound toward Helen Street. The officers yelled “”Stop, police,”” but the man kept running.

    The man then placed the six-pack on top of a garbage can located at the intersection of the alley and Helen Street. He continued to run westbound on Helen Street.

    The officers caught up with the man and commanded him to get on the ground. He complied and was handcuffed.

    A check on the man’s name showed that he had five warrants out for his arrest from Tucson Police Department.

    The officers went back to the Circle K to speak with the clerk. The clerk said that the man entered the store, went back to the cooler and took a six-pack of beer out of it. He then left the store without paying and began to run towards the alley. He said he wished to file charges against the man.

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