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2014-04-11T00:00:00Z 2014-04-11T20:01:24Z Law and order briefsDesk Arizona Daily Star
April 11, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Police: 2 women left baby in car to shoplift

Two women were arrested Wednesday after police said they left a 3-month-old boy in a hot car at El Con Mall and went to shoplift.

Angelica Tapia, 20, and Vanessa Luna, 23, are facing shoplifting charges. Tapia, who was babysitting the child for a friend, also faces child abuse charges, said Sgt. Pete Dugan, a Tucson police spokesman. They were booked into the Pima County jail.

Dugan gave this account:

While they were inside the mall, two other women returning to their vehicle heard crying nearby and went to the baby’s rescue. The windows of the car the baby was in were partially rolled down and one woman unlocked the door. She found the baby under a sweatshirt.

The boy was treated by paramedics and taken to a hospital for treatment. The baby, who is fine and in state-protective custody, was treated for dehydration.

Police: ‘Top sharer’
of child porn arrested

A man, who police say is among the top sharers of child porn in Arizona, is facing sexual exploitation charges of a minor in a case involving the downloading and sharing of child pornography on the Internet.

Joseph Henry Kozak, 38, was taken into custody Wednesday, and booked into the Pima County jail, said Sgt. Pete Dugan, a Tucson police spokesman.

Kozak faces 20 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, and investigators said that Kozak downloaded and shared nearly 10,000 photos and videos containing child pornography, Dugan said.

Five sexual assaults
may be linked

Five women who were walking alone outdoors were sexually assaulted in midtown since January in separate incidents, police said. The attacks may be related.

The series of assaults — between January and April — occurred in the area of East 22nd Street and South Craycroft Road, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson police spokesman.

The attacks happened between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., and are possibly related. In four of five of the attacks, the man had a weapon.

The victims described the attacker as either a light-skinned Hispanic or white man, 25 to 30 years old. He is about 5 feet 5 inches tall. He has a thin build and weighs 110 to 140 pounds. He has short brown hair, a light mustache and acne or pock marks on his face.

Anyone with information can call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Tombstone business destroyed by fire

A Tombstone gunfight theater and apartment were destroyed in a fire Thursday, but firefighters prevented the blaze from spreading through the historic town.

The blaze broke out shortly after 4 p.m., about 10 minutes after the final show at the Old West Theatre studio ended, said Tombstone Marshal Jeff Mitchell.

“The fire wiped a business off the map. There is significant damage — in the thousands of dollars — but we are glad no one was injured,” Mitchell said.

Some 50 firefighters battled the blaze at the corner of Fifth and Toughnut streets. It’s the same spot where Six Gun City, which housed a restaurant and also operated gunfight shows, burned down four years ago, said Mitchell.

Investigators were expected to work through the night to determine the cause of Thursday’s fire.

Staff reports

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