Tempe Police: Man starts fight, brings contraband into jail

Tempe Police reported the following incidents Sunday:

A 23-year-old Mesa man was arrested March 14 at 4th Street and Mill Avenue on suspicion of disorderly conduct, marijuana, drug paraphernalia possession and bringing contraband into a jail facility, according to a police report.

The man was contacted by police in a parking lot after officers were alerted of a fight in the parking lot, police reported.

When police arrived, they found that a man had been punched in the face and his lip was bleeding and swollen, according to the report.

He told police he was standing near the parking lot when the man punched him, but he refused to provide any details about the cause of the fight or any further information, according to the report. The victim also refused having his photograph taken and said he did not wish to go further in prosecution, police reported.

The incident took place in an area managed by the Downtown Tempe Authority, which has a zero-tolerance policy for crimes in the area, according to the report. The Downtown Tempe Authority has voiced its willingness to aid in prosecution of crimes that that take place in its boundaries, specifically crimes like disorderly conduct, according to the report.

After witnesses identified the man for police, he was placed under arrest and transported to Tempe City Jail, according to the report.

Upon arrival, police searched the man and found a bag with a plant that was later determined to be marijuana, according to the police report.

The man was booked into jail and held to see a judge, records show.

Report compiled by Corina Vanek.

Reach the reporter at  cvanek@asu.edu or follow her on Twitter @CorinaVanek

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