On June 17, 2015, UAPD Detectives arrested Henry Yanez III in connection with suspicious activity which occurred on June 12, 2015. The Tucson Police Department was investigating a similar reports which occurred off campus. Through a joint investigation with the Tucson Police Department, UAPD was able to identify Yanez and arrest him for one count of Misdemeanor Assault (ARS 13-1203A3).
On June 12, 2015, between 4:00 p.m. and 4:10 p.m., two female University of Arizona students were confronted, by an unknown male in two separate incidents.
In the first incident, the suspect approached the victim, while walking along the 700 block of north Tyndall Avenue near Tyndall garage. The suspect attempted to talk to the student and asked her to get in his car. The student ignored his advances and he drove away northbound on Tyndall Avenue making an eastbound turn on University Boulevard.
In the second incident the suspect approached the student as she was walking on east Speedway Boulevard east of Park Avenue. The suspect exited his vehicle and contacted the student near the Olive tunnel. The suspect attempted to guide the student towards his vehicle but the student ran away and called UAPD.
The suspect is described as a white male in his late 20s to early 30s, 5’7”-5’11” tall with a stocky/chubby build, with dark slicked back hair. He was wearing a light colored t-shirt with graphics and baggy jeans. The vehicle is described as a white, Chevrolet Malibu style four-door. No weapons were seen or implied. Neither victim was injured during the incident. This is an active investigation and additional updates may follow. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call 9-1-1 or 88-CRIME.
The University of Arizona Police Department would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to utilize good safety practices at all times. Listed below are safety tips you should keep in mind. Remember to immediately report suspicious activity to 9-1-1.
1. Utilize ASUA Safe Ride for a free way to travel between UA buildings and lots at night. Call 520-621-SAFE.
2. PTS Night Cat travels a full circuit around the University of Arizona campus every 30 minutes. The service is free and operates Mon-Fri from 6:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
3. Request cab service through the cab company’s dispatch center. Avoid calling individual cab drivers. Take note of the cab company you are using. Do not accept transportation from someone you do not know.
4. If you feel threatened or suspect you are being followed, walk toward a well-lighted area where there are people. Call 9-1-1 immediately!
5. Emergency blue light phones give you direct access to UAPD with the push of a button. Know where they are located at all times.
6. Never second guess yourself if you think you should call police about a suspicious person or incident. If someone or something gives you an uneasy feeling don’t hesitate to report it to police.
7. Remain alert and aware of your surroundings and the people in your vicinity at all time.
8. Save important phone calls for a later time. Using a cell phone or other electronics devices, when walking, biking, or divining are distractions and divert your attention away from your surroundings.
9. At night travel in well lighted areas. Avoid shortcuts through dark deserted areas. Do not walk alone and use the buddy system or travel in groups.