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Escape from the City That Never Sleeps

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East Fifth Street, April 25, 4:26 a.m.

A traveling man from New York City had little patience for a cop who woke him up, apparently preferring a night in jail over in-depth questioning, according to a University of Arizona Police Department report.

A UA officer was called to the Coronado Residence Hall, 822 E. Fifth St., whose desk assistant said that two hours ago a strange man had followed a resident into the lobby—allegedly "to use the restroom"—and had promptly fallen asleep on a couch in the TV room, where he'd been lying ever since.

The officer located, woke up and attempted to debrief the man, who appeared much older than most dorm residents. The subject answered the officer's first question honestly, admitting he didn't attend the UA. He then said he was visiting a student, but when further questioned couldn't give the student's name, saying "he just met him."

He gave one more likely truthful answer to the officer's next question, regarding his origins, saying he'd traveled to Tucson from New York. But again, when further questioned—asked exactly how long he'd been here—he wouldn't give details.

Then he became blatantly angry, shutting down and refusing to answer any more questions. He specifically said "he was not going to play this brainwashing stuff."

The officer transported him to the Pima County Jail (where at least he could sleep in a bed) on trespassing charges.

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