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Tempe Police: Man says he's transient, dumps his meth on ground

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Tempe police reported the following incidents Wednesday:

A Phoenix man was arrested Aug. 14  behind the townhouses the on 3000 block of South Mill Avenue on suspicion of delaying investigation, assault, disorderly conduct, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a police report. 

The man was contacted while he was going through trash cans in an alley behind the residential townhouses on the 3000 block of South Mill Avenue, according to the report. 

The man said that he was transient and looking for things in the garbage, police reported. The man provided his name but was behaving suspiciously, according to the report. 

The man held a bulge in the right front of his waistband and turned away during contact, according to the report. The man also picked up a cardboard sign from the ground and attempted to conceal a clear vial in his left hand, police reported. 

The man manipulated the vial and an officer noticed that there were small opaque crystals which appeared to be methamphetamine, according to the report. As an officer moved toward the man, he removed the top of the vial and dumped it on the ground in an attempt to destroy it, police reported. 

The officer grabbed onto the man but due to the heat of the day and sweat on his skin, he pulled his arm away from the officer's grasp and fled northbound through the alley, according to the report. 

The man continued to run while holding the right side of his waistband, according to the report. The man ran through the complex and ran through several resident's yards, police reported.

The man then hid near vehicles in the parking lot, according to the report. Residents asked him why he was hiding and the man stated, "I just need my drugs," according to the report. 

One of the residents said she saw the man hide items near a car and told him to leave, according to the report. He then stood up and put his arms up, police reported. 

The resident said the man's unreasonable behavior had disrupted her evening, according to the report. 

When one of the residents heard police sirens, he attempted to grab onto the man's shirt because he believed the man had his wife, according to the report. The man swung both fists at the resident's head and the resident moved out of the way, according to the report. 

The man attempted to hide in one of the complexes on the upper level floor but was found by police and detained, according to the report. The man was uncooperative, belligerent and rude to officers throughout the contact, police reported. 

The man refused to acknowledge his Miranda rights, according to the report. During a search of the area where the man had been hiding, officers found an unwrapped white paper which contained opaque crystal shards believed to be methamphetamine, according to the report. 

The man also threw a cell phone and had a second cell phone with him, police reported. It is unknown if either items were stolen or if they belonged to the man, according to the report. 

The man was transported to Tempe City Jail where he was booked and held to see a judge. 

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Report compiled by Kelcie Grega.

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