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Shouldn't've Gotten Involved

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San Xavier Beat

May 23, 6:05 p.m.

A small clash over a girl, plus a simple pair of missing sunglasses—only possibly stolen—caused a big brouhaha and full police investigation, according to a Pima County Sheriff's Department report.

A west-side trailer-park dweller told sheriff's deputies that earlier that day, when he'd gotten home and got out of his car, one of his neighbors approached him and said, "We have a fucking problem." He said they started discussing a woman both men had been "getting involved with," and their talk quickly escalated into an argument—at which point the other man suddenly hit him in the face, knocking off his glasses.

The reportee said he retreated into his trailer and didn't hit the other man back. (A deputy did notice the side of his face was slightly red, as if from a slap.) But later, the man said, he realized he wasn't wearing his sunglasses, and he ultimately suggested the other man had taken them.

When deputies located and interviewed the neighbor, he said it was actually the reportee who'd started a physical fight, not him. When he adamantly denied taking the sunglasses, deputies thoroughly searched his apartment (including "all drawers, backpacks and bags"), as well as his person, without finding them.

Since it so happened that this man also had minor redness on his face, consistent with him having been hit, and the men's stories conflicted, eventually the investigation ceased without any arrests (though the men were warned to stay away from each other).

After all this, "the sunglasses were found underneath (the reportee's) car."

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