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Locked Up

UA Area, July 29, 7:01 a.m.

According to a University of Arizona Police Department report, a man was accidentally trapped inside a caged-in vending area for as long as 18 hours.

The report said 54-year-old Alejandro Bautista was locked into the outdoor vending area near the Education Building, 1430 E. Second St., about 2:30 p.m. on July 28.

A passer-by told UAPD that a man was locked inside the vending area the next morning, and the report said Bautista was found by UAPD at 8:26 a.m.

Bautista told authorities he had been "cutting through" campus when it started to rain heavily. He sought shelter in the vending area, and then dozed off, he said.

A UA employee said he checked the area before locking it on July 28 and found no one. He asserted that the noise from the gate closing was quite loud. Bautista, on the other hand, said he had been squatting between a vending machine and a wall and that he probably didn't hear the gate because he's "a heavy sleeper."

The report said Bautista had already been arrested for trespassing on UA property. He also had a misdemeanor warrant out for his arrest.

An officer arrested Bautista for the warrant, throwing in a criminal-trespassing charge for the vending-area lockup. Bautista was booked into the Pima County Jail.


More Than He Bargained For

Sunrise Drive and Swan Road, July 19, 10:05 p.m.

Five friends said a man threatened them with a gun after one of them demanded service from a Subway employee, a Pima County Sheriff's Department report stated.

The friend who asked for attention--a male--was the last to be served at the Subway, 4700 E. Sunrise Drive. He said it appeared as if the employee took longer to serve him than it took for him to serve his friends.

"Am I going to get served now?" he allegedly asked the employee.

His question reportedly caught the attention of a male who was sitting in the restaurant when the group entered--an apparent friend of one of the employees. After the group ate, the male followed them outside. He claimed "they were looking at him the wrong way," they said.

The victims accused the male of pulling a gun from his waistband, chambering a round and then threatening "to put a bullet through their heads." He didn't point the firearm at anyone, they said, but he did have the gun in a ready position.

The victims told the guy they didn't want any trouble, while the Subway employee locked up the shop behind the suspect. Both then allegedly left together in a vehicle.

All of the diners said they had seen the suspect inside the Subway numerous times before. The case was forwarded to the PCSD Assault Unit.

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