Police Dispatch

A Dormitory Horror Story

March 9, 8:20 p.m., University of Arizona campus

According to a University of Arizona Police Department report, a student was in her residence hall lobby when she was nearly struck by a stray bullet.

She told police that she was waiting for classmates in the Maricopa Hall lobby when she heard a loud noise and saw a nearby glass window break. She thought somebody had fired a gunshot or thrown a rock at the window.

The student and her classmates began working on their collaborative project until one of them found the bullet and told the group to leave the area.

The student gave officers the description of a car she had seen parked outside the dorm when the gunshot was fired. The car left about three minutes after the shot was fired, the student told police.

The Maricopa hall director said she would tell the dean of students and other administrators about the event. Police photographed the window and bullet before taking the items as evidence.

Rampaging Under the Influence

Feb. 25, 7:25 a.m., South Camino De La Tierra and West Valencia Road

Deputies arrested a man after he allegedly vandalized an apartment complex, sprayed a fire extinguisher, smashed car windows and snorted cocaine, a Pima County Sheriff's Department report stated.

When Deputy Henry Martinez arrived at the apartment complex. he saw Michael R. Erbst, 20, sitting on a curb yelling while bleeding from his finger. The apartment manager and some residents reportedly told Martinez and other deputies that Erbst had sprayed a fire extinguisher inside the complex, broken a pool security gate, thrown the fire extinguisher in the pool and smashed four windows of a nearby parked car, the report stated.

Deputies noticed blood in the pool area and saw where the fire extinguisher had been sprayed.

Two residents told deputies they kicked Erbst out of their apartment around 5:25 a.m., when he began tearing his pants off. After he left their apartment, he reportedly began yelling while running in circles. The residents said they also saw him smash several windows out of a car parked nearby.

Erbst refused to let the fire department treat him and ripped off a bandage that paramedics put on his finger. Deputies took Erbst to Kino Community Hospital because he was bleeding profusely. When a nurse asked why Erbst's blood pressure was high, he allegedly told her that he had some alcohol and cocaine before the incident occurred.

Doctors stitched Erbst's finger before deputies arrested him on suspicion of four counts of disorderly conduct. He was taken to Pima County Jail, where he was put on psychiatric watch.

Erbst was the second man deputies arrested at the apartment complex in a 24-hour period.

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