FIGHTING THE HAND THAT FEEDS
SOUTH AVRA ROAD
DEC. 13, 7:57 A.M.
Deputies assisted a man who was convinced that they (and/or other law-enforcement officers) were trying to kill him, according to a Pima County Sheriff's Department report.
Deputies were dispatched to Fred's Arena Bar and Steakhouse, 9650 S. Avra Road, where a man who was apparently the owner said that a long-haired, darkly clad man was walking around with a knife in his hand and stating that people were trying to kill him.
They found the subject in the courtyard talking to the owner, who appeared to be trying to calm the man down. After the subject repeatedly ignored deputies' orders, even at gunpoint, they used a Taser on him. He fell to the ground and yelled, "You are trying to kill me! You are trying to kill me! Oh, my God, just fucking kill me!"
The subject said he'd been running around the desert for two days, and that "they" were trying to kill him. Because he had mentioned police earlier, one deputy asked if he meant the deputies on the scene. The subject replied, "No, the other police." He seemed to be confused, because of the way in which he directly addressed the deputies.
The owner said the subject also mentioned that people in the bar were trying to kill him, but that the subject didn't seem to be a danger and never threatened the owner with the knife.
Because of the subject's panicked demeanor and apparent mental instability, deputies transported him to a hospital. On the way, the subject kept telling deputies they were going the wrong way, and that the deputies intended to take him into the desert and "end it all."
When they arrived at the hospital, he started yelling, "This is not even a hospital!" and saying, "Hell no!" while being escorted inside. He then got into a brief fight with one of the deputies before he was admitted.
He was cited for disorderly conduct.
PERHAPS A BIRD STOLE IT
NORTH VENDONE AVENUE
DEC. 13, 10:33 P.M.
A local couple was the target of an unusual theft by an apparently extremely careful and tidy criminal, a PCSD report said.
The couple told deputies that when they came home from their son's house, they noticed that a heavy, concrete birdbath was missing from their yard. The birdbath had been placed on gravel, but there were no footprints, scuff marks or any other signs that showed the gravel had been disturbed by someone walking on it.
The couple said they just wanted to report the theft.