Tempe Police: Man trespasses on Tempe Town Lake bridge

Tempe Police reported the following incidents Monday:

  • A 25-year-old Phoenix man was arrested April 13 on the 300 block of West Tempe Town Lake on suspicion of criminal trespassing, according to a police report.

    Witnesses saw the man walking on the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge over Tempe Town Lake, police said.

    While crossing, the man had to cling to the side rail to avoid being hit by a passing train and missed nine "No Trespassing" signs, because he said he was deep in thought, the report said.



    The man told the arresting officer he was using the bridge as a shortcut back to his Phoenix residence, police reported.

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

  • A 25-year-old Tempe man was arrested April 7 on the 2000 block of South Apache Boulevard on suspicion of criminal trespassing and assault, according to a police report.

    The man kicked open an apartment door while the resident was home, police said.

    The woman in the apartment told the man to leave but he would not agree to go, the report said.

    When police arrived, the man followed the woman out of the apartment and wrapped his arms around her from behind in an attempt to avoid being detained by the officers, police said.

    The woman said that she did not want the unknown man to touch her, the report said.

    The man was transported and booked into Tempe City Jail, according to the report.


Reports complied by Chelsey Ballarte

Reach the reporter at Chelsey.ballarte@asu.edu or follow her on Twitter @chelseyballarte.

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