Tempe Police: Man cuts power to adult store ‘because of the children’

Tempe police reported the following incidents Tuesday:

A 36-year-old transient man was arrested June 4 on the 1800 block of East Apache Boulevard on suspicion of criminal damage, theft and disorderly conduct, according to a police report.

The man entered the Modern World Adult Store and gave the clerk his identification card, according to the report. He then went in and out of the store several times, police reported.

The clerk eventually heard a loud bang from outside the door, and went out to find the man with his hands inside the store’s previously locked electrical panel, according to the report.

Lights inside and outside the store began flickering, the report said. The man then walked into an adjacent business with two fuses he’d taken from the panel and hid them under a pile of leaves, police reported.

With the fuses gone, the store’s operators were unable to restore power, and they estimated that 12 customers left without purchasing anything, according to the report. The owners estimated losses in sales of about $1,000, police reported.

The man told officers he stole the fuses because of “the children being in the business,” though no children were in the store, according to the report. He also told officers he had done methamphetamine the night before, police reported.

He was transported to the Tempe City Jail, where he was booked and held to see a judge, according to the report.

A 24-year-old Pennsylvania man was arrested June 4 on the 3200 block of South McClintock Drive on two counts of aggravated assault, according to a police report.

The man was involved in a fight with two other people at the location, police reported.

He then pulled out a gray-colored flip open knife with a 4-inch blade, the report said.

He pointed it at the two people and began walking toward them, according to the report.

However, he told police he pulled the knife in self-defense and that he didn’t point it at anyone, the report said. Instead, the man said he held it down to his side, according to the report.

Officers found the knife in the man’s front right pants pocket, police reported.

He was transported to the Tempe City Jail, where he was booked and held to see a judge, according to the report.

Reports compiled by Julia Shumway.

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