North Placita San Isidro, Sept. 13, 11:57 p.m.
A frantic young man disturbed numerous neighborhood residents while fleeing a possibly nonexistent gang of youths, said a Pima County Sheriff's Department report.
Sheriff's deputies were called to the house of a woman who reported that a frantic, shaking, young Caucasian male had just been ringing her doorbell nonstop for at least three minutes. Deputies soon located the individual, who had long, scraggly brown hair and was wearing a loose tie around his neck, as well as a T-shirt displaying a "hatchet man"--described as a symbol associated with the Insane Clown Posse musical group. The subject said he was running from a group of six to 10 "gangster-type" young men who had told him to give them his money and attempted to beat him up. No evidence of a skirmish was visible; he said his assailants' fists had merely "skimmed his head."
During his flight from the gang, the subject had allegedly been knocking on several nearby doors trying to get help. One man, he said, let him inside his house to use the phone; another man, however, pointed a gun at him and demanded that he leave the property. The reporting deputy told the young man that this might not be an unreasonable reaction, considering his frantic demeanor, disheveled appearance and the late hour.
The subject was acting extremely paranoid and was jumpy and "twitchy," refusing to calm down and believing that various shadows were people pointing guns at him. Due to this behavior, the reporting deputy did not think his account of the evening's occurrences was necessarily reliable.
No gang of youths was located in the vicinity. The subject was allowed to leave the scene in a friend's vehicle.
He'll Plug You Full of Lead
West Canada Street, Sept. 11, 9:36 a.m.
An 8-year-old boy brutally threatened the life of a schoolmate with a sharpened pencil, according to a Pima County Sheriff's Department report.
A sheriff's deputy was called to White Elementary School, 2315 W. Canada St., where a teacher told him that a second-grade boy had grabbed one of his peers by the neck, encircled his neck with his arms and pressed the tip of a sharp pencil against the side of his neck. Without provocation, the pencil-wielding boy then clearly told his victim, "I'm going to kill you." The two children were separated, and no injuries were sustained.
When interviewed, the victim said he felt "scared." He'd apparently never had any problems with his attacker before, though the subject was known as a bully.
The attacker himself did not explain his actions other than by stating he had been "playing."