Tempe Police: Man flees through backyard after trespassing and stealing vehicle

Tempe Police reported the following incidents Tuesday:

A 30-year-old Tempe man was arrested Jan. 20 behind the 1300 block of East Broadway Road on suspicion of criminal trespassing, failure to comply with a court order, unlawful use of means of transportation and resisting arrest, according to a police report.

The previous day, the man was arrested for trespassing at a home on the 1500 block of East Palmdale Drive, and upon his release, he was warned not to return to that home, police reported.

That evening, he returned to the home and stole a car parked in the driveway with the keys still in the ignition, before the vehicle owner rode a bike to catch up with the suspect and reclaim the car, according to the report.

The suspect fled, and upon seeing a marked police vehicle, leaped a fence into a backyard on the 1300 block of East Palmdale Drive, police reported.

From there, his flight continued to an adjacent alley and then a parking lot, where he was surrounded by police and subsequently arrested, according to the report.

The man told police he only took the victim's vehicle "as a joke," police reported. 

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

A 19-year-old Tempe man was arrested Jan. 17 on the 900 block of West Tulane Drive on suspicion of disorderly conduct, domestic violence, drug possession and use, as well as possession and use of drug paraphernalia, according to a police report. 

The man was involved in a verbal altercation with his girlfriend, the noise from which awoke his mother and stepfather, police reported. 

He was told to lower his voice, and was heard hitting something, making the relatives fear the situation was escalating, according to the report. 

The man later admitted to police that he hit his hand on a bed during the argument, police reported.

Upon arrival at the scene to investigate the suspected instance of domestic violence, police saw a pipe and a jar containing a usable amount of marijuana in the suspect's bedroom, according to the report.

The man told police he smoked marijuana for medical purposes, but that he does not possess a medical marijuana card, police reported.

The man was booked into Tempe City Jail where he was held to see a judge, police reported. 

Reports compiled by Arren Kimbel-Sannit.

Reach the reporter at Arren.Kimbel-Sannit@asu.edu or follow @akimbelsannit on Twitter.

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