TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Thanks to some assistance from the South Tucson Police Department, an arrest has been made in connection to an assault on a University of Arizona Police officer.
UAPD had asked for the public's help in identifying a suspect in the Oct. 26 assault, but it wasn't until Friday, Nov. 9 that they received a tip.
South Tucson police had arrested Ivar Lortz Valenzuela on charges unrelated to the UAPD case, but later identified him as the suspect in the UAPD assault.
He now faces one count of aggravated assault on a peace officer, and has been prohibited from being on the U of A campus, in any capacity, for the next 12 months.
The officer, who suffered minor injuries, was part of an investigation of an attempted bike theft at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Building in the 1200 block of East Speedway Boulevard. The person who reported the attempted theft said the suspect had boarded a bus. The officer caught up to him north of Speedway after he got off the bus.
After kicking the officer, the suspect fled into a nearby neighborhood.