Tucson Police Department

  • Agency: Tucson Police Department
  • Address: 270 South Stone Avenue, Tucson, 85701 AZ
  • Chief: Roberto A Villasenor (Chief of Police)
Phone: (520) 791-4444
Fax: (520) 791-5491

Tucson Police Department is located at 270 South Stone Avenue, Tucson, 85701 AZ. The Chief of Police of the department is Roberto A Villasenor. The Tucson Police Department phone number is (520) 791-4444.

Tucson Police Department News

TRAFFIC FATALITY WEST RIVER ROAD AND NORTH SAMANTHA GROVE DRIVE Just before midnight on November 10, 2018, officers from Operations Division West responded to a fatal collision at the intersection of W. River Rd. and N. Samantha Grove Dr. after a Pima County Sheriff’s Department Deputy discovered a 1993 Honda Accord had crashed into a tree in the area. The Tucson Fire Department arrived and transported the unconscious driver of the vehicle to Banner University Medical Center with serious injuries. The front seat passenger in the Accord, 27-year-old Paul Costello, was pronounced deceased at the scene. His next-of-kin were notified. Detectives from the Tucson Police Department Traffic Unit responded to the scene to further the investigation. There were no apparent witnesses to this collision. According to roadway evidence, the Accord was traveling south on River Rd. between N. Camino De La Tierra and E. Orange Grove Rd. The Accord left the roadway and struck a tree on the passenger side, which caused the fatal injuries to Mr. Costello. The driver displayed signs and symptoms of impairment. The driver remains hospitalized in serious condition. Speed was not a factor in this collision. No charges have been filed at this time, as this is an on-going investigation. Additional details will be released as they become available. Fatalities Year-To-Date: For 2017 - 55 For 2018 - 64 Pedestrian - 24 Pedestrian - 28 Bicycle - 1 Bicycle - 4 Motorcycle - 11 Motorcycle – 6

***UPDATE***FATAL HIT-AND-RUN PEDESTRIAN COLLISION*** On the afternoon of November 10, 2018, the suspect in this fatal hit-and-run collision, 21-year-old Lawrence D. Rodriguez, turned himself in at the Operations Division Westside Substation. Detectives from the Tucson Police Department Traffic Unit interviewed Mr. Rodriguez and he was charged with Failure to Remain at Scene of Injury Accident. Lawrence was booked into Pima County Jail. The 1997 white Toyota 4Runner that Lawrence was driving at the time of the collision was located at his residence and seized as evidence. _______Original Media Release below_______ W. Speedway Blvd. / N. Grande Ave. On November 09, 2018, just before 6:00 p.m., officers from Operations Division West responded to a report of a serious-injury hit-and-run collision involving a pedestrian at the intersection of W. Speedway Blvd and N. Grande Ave. The Tucson Fire Department arrived and transported a 58-year-old male victim to Banner University Medical Center, but he was pronounced deceased shortly after arriving at the hospital. Next-of-kin have not yet been reached for notification. Detectives from the Tucson Police Department Traffic Unit responded to the scene to further the investigation. Detectives spoke with several witnesses that said the pedestrian was walking across Speedway Blvd northbound on the west side of Grande Ave. The pedestrian was not in a crosswalk (painted or implied), when he was struck by the hit-and-run vehicle. Witness accounts and evidence processed at the scene indicated that speed was a factor in this collision. Witnesses said the suspect vehicle was driving westbound on Speedway Blvd at a high rate of speed, weaving in and out of traffic before striking the pedestrian. The vehicle was described by witnesses as being a late 1990’s to an early 2000’s model white Toyota 4Runner with substantial front-end damage and missing a driver side mirror. The driver was described as a Spanish-speaking Hispanic male, 5’9”, slender build, fair complexion, dark hair, shaped moustache with goatee, wearing a black V-neck short-sleeve t-shirt, and white pants. The investigation is on-going and no citations or arrests have been made at this time. Any impairment on the pedestrian’s behalf will be determined through medical records. Additional details will be released as they become available. Fatalities Year-To-Date: For 2017 - 55 For 2018 - 63 Pedestrian - 24 Pedestrian - 28 Bicycle - 1 Bicycle - 4 Motorcycle - 11 Motorcycle – 6

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION 8201 EAST STELLA ROAD (LAKESIDE PARK) The Tucson Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred yesterday evening on Tucson’s East Side. On November 8, 2018, just before 5:00 p.m., officers from Operations Division East were dispatched to Lakeside Park after the department received multiple 911 calls about a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located three male subjects on the ground with obvious signs of gunshot trauma. A member of the community was assisting one of the males by administering CPR. Officers immediately took over medical treatment by continuing CPR and utilizing their Individual First Aid Kits (IFAK). Tucson Fire personnel arrived and continued treatment. One of the gunshot victims was pronounced deceased on scene. The other two victims were transported to Banner University Medical Center with life threatening injuries. Shortly after arrival at the hospital, both victims succumbed to their injuries and were pronounced deceased. The victims were identified as 21-year-old Matthew Favela, 16-year-old Carlos Ross and 16-year-old Amonn Sandoval. Next of kin have been notified. Detectives with the Tucson Police Homicide Unit, Aggravated Assault Unit and Gang Unit responded to continue the investigation. They were able to determine that Matthew Favela, Carlos Ross and two friends drove to Lakeside Park to meet with Amonn Sandoval and an unknown male. Shortly after arriving, they met with Amonn and the unknown male in the west parking lot. After a brief conversation, gunfire was exchanged between the two groups. Favela, Ross and Sandoval were all struck by gunfire. The two friends in the car were uninjured and remained on scene where they spoke with detectives. The unknown male fled before police arrived. It is unknown if he is injured. Detectives are still trying to identify that individual to get his side of what transpired. Although Gang Detectives assisted with the investigation, this incident does not appear to be gang related. At this time, no arrests have been made. Detectives are continuing their investigation and have spoken with several witnesses who were at the park when the shooting took place. They are now asking anyone else with information to please call 88-CRIME. You can remain anonymous.

***PHONE SCAM ALERT*** Recently, the Tucson Police Department has received several reports of a familiar phone scam where the caller gives details that can be particularly frightening. Caller ID often shows an out of area phone number, but those can be spoofed to appear to come from a more local area as well. Callers are pretending to be a family member in distress. Another person then takes the phone and advises they have kidnapped the family member and a ransom must be paid. Victims are provided information on how to obtain prepaid cards or other means of sending amounts of $5,000 or more. Phone scams often focus on getting people to act quickly and off emotion. We urge people to slow things down in order to more capably identify the authenticity of any phone call. A quick phone call to the family member can often immediately reassure victims that the call is a scam. Victims can also ask questions that only the real family member would know, such as names of other family members, pets, or other details unlikely to be known by the caller. Reports of the phone scam can be reported to the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov. A victim can also make a local police report if they have lost money due to this scam, or otherwise feel one is necessary for documentation purposes.

The Tucson Police Department is celebrating Law Enforcement Records Personnel Appreciation Day!!! TPD has 37 Police Records Specialists, 5 Supervisors and 1 Superintendent. Our TPD Records Section acts as the facilitator between the public and law enforcement communities. Tucson Police Records Specialists work long hours (including weekends and holidays) to process over: -4,600 Public Records Requests per month -430 Video Requests per month -86 911 Recording Requests per month -1,400 Warrant Requests per month -4,600 Stolen and recovered vehicles, runaways, missing persons and stolen property per month The Records staff are committed to provide quality service to build positive and professional relationships within our agency and with the public. Today we recognize the dedication and hard work that our Police Records Specialists put forth every day to help serve the community. This Department could not operate without you. THANK YOU FOR YOUR EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE!

***FATAL PEDESTRIAN COLLISION*** 200 BLOCK OF SOUTH ALVERNON WAY On November 05, 2018, just before 12:30 p.m., officers from Operations Division Midtown responded to a report of a serious-injury collision involving a pedestrian in the 200 block of South Alvernon Way. The Tucson Fire Department arrived and attempted to treat 53-year-old George Butler, but sadly he was pronounced deceased at the scene. Next-of-kin has been notified. Detectives from the Tucson Police Department Traffic Investigations Unit responded to the scene to further the investigation. Detectives spoke with several witnesses that said the driver of a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, was southbound on Alvernon Way when Mr. Butler was crossing the street from east to west. Mr. Butler was not in a crosswalk (painted or implied) when he was struck by the Silverado. The driver stayed on scene and was not injured. Detectives determined the driver was neither impaired nor speeding in this collision. Any impairment on the victim’s behalf will be determined through medical records. The investigation is on-going and no citations or arrests have been made at this time. Additional details will be released as they become available. Fatalities Year-To-Date: For 2017 - 55 For 2018 - 62 Pedestrian - 24 Pedestrian - 27 Bicycle - 1 Bicycle - 4 Motorcycle - 11 Motorcycle – 6

The Safe Teen Accident Reduction Training or S.T.A.R.T. program provides teen drivers with critical information on decision-making, judgement and basic motor vehicle driving skills related to commonly encountered collision factors. The behind-the-wheel portion consists of six exercises: Evasive Steering, Controlled Braking, Basic Skid Control, Off-Road/Pavement Recovery, Anti-lock Brake System Familiarization and a state-of-the-art Distracted Driving Simulator. This course was featured on KGUN9 on November 3, 2018, see below for more information. https://bit.ly/2SO04nc This is a great program for young drivers!

DANGEROUS COUNTERFEIT PRESCRIPTION PILLS The Counter Narcotics Alliance has developed information about a potent and lethal batch of light blue "M/30" (Oxycodone Hydrochloride) counterfeit pills containing #fentanyl in the illicit drug supply here in Tucson. We urge extreme caution to potential users. We can't stress enough how dangerous it is to ingest pills from an unknown source or use street drugs of any kind. Besides being illegal, these drugs can contain lethal ingredients. Many of the pills being sold on the street look exactly like prescription pills. Some of these pills found on the street are so dangerous that ingesting even part of a pill could result in death. The picture is an example of the counterfeit pills seen in the Tucson area. This is only one example. Although it is common sense, you should only take pills that were prescribed to YOU by a doctor and came from a pharmacy. Do not share prescription pills or leave unused pills in your home. Police stations in Tucson and surrounding areas have bins where you can safely dispose of your unused medications. Anyone with information about these types of pills being used, sold, transported or manufactured is urged to call 911 or 88-CRIME. You can remain anonymous. **The Counter Narcotics Alliance (CNA) is a multi-jurisdictional drug task force operating in the Pima County and Greater Tucson area.

SEX OFFENDER ARREST On October 30, 2018, the Tucson Police Department, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force, arrested 22-year-old Adrian Baliani for 4 counts of Sexual Assault, 3 counts of Sexual Abuse and 4 counts of Stalking. The charges involve 5 different female victims, all known to Baliani. The first incident occurred in February of this year. Details are limited at this time as the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

S.W.A.T. Officers Saving Lives in the Fast Lane. On October 17, 2018, two off-duty Special Weapons And Tactics (S.W.A.T.) Officers were on their way home from SWAT School when they came upon a pickup truck that was stopped on I10 in the westbound fast lane, between Valencia Road and Alvernon Way exits. Officer Azuelo and Officer Lee pulled over to assist the driver of the vehicle, who was unresponsive behind the wheel. S.W.A.T. Officer Layton and Tucson Fire Department Assistant Chief Garcia were in the area and stopped by to help as well. Officer Azuelo and Lee pulled the driver from the truck and determined that he was not breathing and did not have a pulse. Officer Layton began performing CPR in the dirt median completing four rounds of CPR until the Rural Metro Fire Department responded. The medics used an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to get electrical activity back in the driver's heart, then transported him to a local hospital. It was at the hospital that they determined the driver had suffered a massive heart attack. This entire scene played out during rush hour traffic on the interstate. As a department, we couldn't be more proud of our officers and our Tucson Fire Department Brother in yellow! Awesome Job!!!

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CONGRATULATIONS are in order for the following TPD family members for their promotions: Brian O'Sullivan promoted to Criminalist II Officer Sean Travers promoted to Sergeant Detective Brad Cheney promoted to Sergeant Detective Todd Landau promoted to Sergeant Lead Police Officer Brenden Brumitt promoted to Detective Officer Anthony Flores promoted to Detective Officer Faith Schrouder promoted to Detective Officer Ramon Vazquez promoted to Detective We are so proud of our Brothers and Sisters for their accomplishments. May your futures be as bright as your smiles. 😁👮‍♂️👮‍♂️👮‍♂️🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♂️

There are several different ways to make a Police report with the Tucson Police Department. See video for details.

Halloween Safety Tips! (If in a hurry, just check out the photo) It's that time again folks. Children will be out and about on the spookiest night of the year. Let's make sure it stays fun for all involved. Below are some safety tips for everyone: -Plan a route or specific neighborhood with your kids. -Carry a flashlight or several thousand glow sticks. 🔦 -Stay off of the streets, and only cross after triple checking that the road is safe. 🚗🚕🚛🚎🛵 -If there are no sidewalks available, stay as close to the side of the road as possible. Not only watch out for vehicles driving down the street, but also backing out of driveways. Also, this is Arizona, so environmental hazards such as cacti, snakes, the occasional wayward coyote, uneven sidewalks, potholes, real spiderwebs and what comes with it. -Use reflective tape on costumes. I know it's not the same, but sometimes you have just got to get your shine on. 👑 -Somewhere on the costume or inside of the mask, write down your phone number and/or address. In case of a lost child situation. -Make sure that a (responsible) adult goes with children under 16. If your 16+ year-old is not responsible, please go with them too. It's too close to Christmas to argue (with Santa watching and all). Check all teens for toilet paper rolls, they are NOT going to be used for emergencies. Also, they will not be making omelettes, so they won't need the eggs. 🥚🥚 -Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should any children enter any residences or get into any vehicles with strangers. -Make sure that everyone can see clearly out of their masks. 👻 -Only visit houses that have their porch lights on or are OBVIOUSLY decorated (No Boo Radley incidents). Not everyone celebrates Halloween, so make sure that your children are courteous to everyone they come in contact with, as some may leave their porch lights on out of habit. -Instruct the kids that no treats are to be eaten until they are inspected by an adult first. None of this, "One for the road" stuff. Piggybacking on that, only eat factory sealed treats. "Here try these, my grandma makes delicious caramels" doesn't fly in 2018. Throw it in the trash. 🗑️🚮 -If you dress up your pets, make sure they are on a leash, not vicious, and are super cute. 🐶🦊 (The following are NOT allowed-🦁🐎🐘) -Don't stay out too late, strike early or get a basket full of brussel sprouts. 🥦🍞🥕 -There's safety in numbers, try to stay with a group. 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 -Be careful around Jack 🎃 Lanterns that have real candles🕯️. Costumes are rarely flame-resistant. -Have all children use the rest room before going out. 🚽 For those giving out candy: -DON'T BE THE CREEPER GIVING OUT THE HOMEMADE CARAMELS! 👀 -Keep your porch light on if you are participating.💡 -Keep a cell phone on your person while opening your door to strangers. -Don't wear lavish jewelry or have your 80" 4K flatscreen on prominent display behind you. 💎📺💸 -Do not invite strangers into your castle. Politely decline if someone "Needs" to use your restroom. 🚻🚫 DRIVERS: -PLEASE PUT THE PHONE 📱 DOWN. SERIOUSLY, I promise you won't miss out on the greatest meme, Tweet, Gram, Snap, or text ever. Please Please PLEASE pay attention to the roads. In fact, I challenge that you actually use your Driving Mode setting on your phone. Not just for Halloween, but always. This FaceBook account has been littered with Fatal collisions. As hard as it is to read about it, it is heartbreaking to write them. We would much rather put out good news, celebrate with the community and fight crime hand and hand with the great people of Tucson. Also, don't rush when driving, leave earlier so you don't feel the need to speed. Okay, done with my tirade. -Triple check when backing out of driveways. -When making right turns, stop before the perpendicular white lines at intersections. Children or people in wheelchairs may be crossing the street and they may be obscured by vehicles already stopped to the left of you. -The Tucson Police Department wants everyone to Arrive Alive All of the Time. If you have made it this far in the post, Thank you and have a Safe and Happy Halloween. (Disclaimer: If your Grandmother really makes awesome caramels, and you hand them out at Halloween, and my comment offended you deeply, SHAME ON YOU FOR PAWNING OFF SUCH CHEWY AND SPEECH-ALTERING DELICACIES TO THE YOUTH! Those candies are to be placed in small crystal bowls to melt together for eternity). Have a Great Week Tucson! Sincerely, Tea P. Dee

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#ReturnOfTheJediCop What you are witnessing below is the rigorous training of two of our youngest Jedi Knights at our Junior Jedi Training Facility in a land far far away. What's really going on is Officers Halcomb and Gerhart sharing their lunch time with two young community members with smiles brighter than the sabers they are weilding. Awesome job! #ItTakesAVillage

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***Fatal Bicycle Collision*** East 22nd Street and South Tyndall Avenue The Tucson Police Department is actively investigating a fatal bicycle collision that occurred yesterday evening in the 700 block of E. 22nd Street. On October 27, 2018, at approximately 5:30 p.m., officers from Operations Division West and members of the Tucson Fire Department were dispatched to E. 22nd Street and S. Tyndall Avenue for a report of a serious-injury bicycle collision. Upon arrival, an adult male cyclist was found unresponsive. Tucson Fire immediately transported the victim to Banner University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. Detectives with the Tucson Police Traffic Unit responded to continue the investigation. Detectives determined the driver of the vehicle was westbound on 22nd St. in the left lane between Euclid Avenue and Tyndall Avenue. The cyclist was riding an electric bicycle eastbound and made a left-hand turn to go northbound in front of oncoming traffic when he was struck by a primer gray 1993 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck. The investigation revealed that impairment was not a factor in the collision. Shortly after arriving at the hospital, the cyclist succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. He was identified as 69-year-old John M. Shaul. His next of kin have been notified. This is an on-going investigation. No charges or citations have been issued at this time. Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call 88-CRIME. Fatalities Year-To-Date: For 2017 - 54 For 2018 - 60 Pedestrian - 24 Pedestrian - 26 Bicycle - 1 Bicycle - 4 Motorcycle - 11 Motorcycle – 6

Today, October 28, 2018, marks the 38th anniversary of TPD’s fifth fallen officer, Officer James Smith. End Of Watch October 28th, 1980. Officer Smith made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the community members of this great state of Arizona. Today we mourn the passing and celebrate the life of two our our fallen brothers, Officer Smith and Officer Headricks.

Today, October 28, 2018, marks the 44th anniversary of TPD’s 4th fallen officer, Officer Barry Headricks. End Of Watch October 28th, 1974. Officer Headricks made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the community members of this great state of Arizona.

MAMA WOULD NOT BE PROUD of these two that burglarized the Mama's Pizza located at 50 S. Houghton Road. On Tuesday, October 16, 2018, the pictured suspects damaged two doors and a cash register while burglarizing the business after it was closed for the evening. Anyone with information on the suspects is asked to call 88-CRIME. You can remain anonymous.

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MEDIA RELEASE: FATAL MOTORCYCLE COLLISION N.1ST AVENUE & E. FORT LOWELL ROAD On October 20, 2018, at approximately 5:30 a.m., officers from Operations Division West and members of the Tucson Fire Department were dispatched to the intersection of N. 1st Avenue and E. Fort Lowell Road for a report of a serious injury motorcycle collision. Upon arrival, they located a pickup truck and motorcycle in the intersection. The motorcyclist was found lying on the ground and was immediately transported to Banner University Medical Center with life threatening injuries. Shortly after arrival at the hospital, the motorcyclist succumbed to his injuries and was sadly pronounced deceased. He was identified as 34-year-old Nicholas Rollins. Next of kin have been notified. Detectives with the Tucson Police Traffic Investigations Unit responded to continue the investigation. After speaking with witnesses and examining roadway evidence, detectives were able to determine that the motorcyclist was riding a 2004 Yamaha Sport Motorcycle eastbound on Ft. Lowell at a high rate of speed. As the motorcyclist approached the intersection at 1st Avenue, he failed to stop for the red light and collided with a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup Truck that was traveling northbound through the intersection on a green light. The driver of the pickup showed no signs of impairment and did not appear to be exceeding the speed limit. It is unknown at this time if the motorcyclist was impaired. Detectives are continuing their investigation. No citations have been issued. Fatalities Year-To-Date: For 2017 - 54 Pedestrian - 24 Bicycle - 1 Motorcycle - 11 For 2018 - 59 Pedestrian - 26 Bicycle - 3 Motorcycle - 6

MEDIA RELEASE UPDATE/ARREST: FATAL HIT & RUN COLLISION FROM JULY 15, 2018 E. SPEEDWAY BLVD. & N. WILMOT RD. ***October 19, 2019***As detectives continued to search for 30-year-old Sean Michael Yacks, the U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force began assisting with the investigation. Members of the Task Force obtained information that Yacks was possibly staying in Mexico and they began working with Mexican authorities. On October 18, 2018, Mexican authorities located Yacks and took him into custody. He was then brought to the border and turned over to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers. Deputies with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department then took custody of Yacks and booked him into jail in Ajo, Arizona on his felony arrest warrant. Yacks is now awaiting transport back to Tucson, where he will be booked into the Pima County Jail. This arrest was made through the collaborative efforts of many different law enforcement agencies, including our partners across the border. A special thanks to everyone involved. A booking photograph of Sean Michael Yacks is attached. See the information below for the original Media Release and first update. __________________________________ ORIGINAL MEDIA RELEASE ***July 15, 2018*** The Tucson Police Department is actively investigating a fatal hit and run vehicle collision that occurred early this morning on Tucson’s East Side. On July 15, 2018, just after 2:30 a.m., officers from Operations Division East and members with the Tucson Fire Department responded to the intersection of East Speedway Boulevard and North Wilmot Road for a report of a serious injury collision. Upon arrival, two vehicles were located near the intersection. An adult female driver in one of the vehicles was sadly pronounced deceased on scene. The adult male passenger of that vehicle was immediately transported to Banner University Medical Center where he also sadly passed away from his injuries shortly after arrival. The driver of the second vehicle involved fled on foot before police were called to the scene. Detectives with the Tucson Police Traffic Investigations Unit responded to continue the investigation. They were able to determine that a gold 2002 Honda Accord was traveling westbound on Speedway, approaching Wilmot. As the Honda entered the intersection on a green light, it was struck by a black 2018 Nissan Sentra that ran the red light while northbound on Wilmot. The driver of the Nissan exited his vehicle and fled northeast on foot. He has not been located. Based on evidence at the scene and witnesses in the area, it appears the Nissan was traveling at a high rate of speed when it ran through the red light. The victims were identified as 24-year-old Meghan Clevenger and 20-year-old Angel Vega. Next of kin have been notified. As detectives continue their investigation, they are asking anyone with information to please call 88-CRIME. ________________________________ ***UPDATE July 18, 2018*** Detectives have continued their investigation into the fatal hit and run collision that occurred last Sunday causing the deaths of 24-year-old Meghan Clevenger and 20-year-old Angel Vega. They have identified the driver of the black Nissan that fled the scene as 30-year-old Sean Michael Yacks. Detectives have obtained a felony arrest warrant for Mr. Yacks for Manslaughter and Leaving the Scene of a Collision Involving a Death. They are actively searching for Mr. Yacks but he has not been located at this time. Mr. Yacks is described as a Caucasian male, 5’10”, 170 pounds with brownish-blonde buzz cut style hair, and blue eyes. He has multiple tattoos to include: “AZ” on the center back of his neck, “9-29-11” on his left wrist, and a mural on his right leg. Mr. Yacks is known to carry weapons and should be considered armed and dangerous. If you see him or have information on his whereabouts, call 911 immediately and DO NOT APPROACH. If you have any additional information and wish to remain anonymous you can call 88-CRIME (520-882-7463). You can also submit an anonymous tip online through 88crime.org.

Just a reminder, October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Help us paint the city purple and bring attention to domestic violence. It's important to raise awareness for women, men and teenagers affected by physical, emotional and mental abuse. Often times children are the silent victims of the abuse at home. If you see or know of a domestic violence situation, we encourage you to call 911 immediately. If you are the victim of a domestic violence situation, please realize that you are not alone and there are several resources available to get you out of your situation and get you the help that you need. Emerge! 24-hour Crisis Hotline 1-888-428-0101 Pima County Attorney's Office Victim Services 520-740-5525 Love Should Never Hurt!