Driver sideswiped bike deliberately, cops say

A 57-year-old Tucson man was charged with felony aggravated assault after deliberately sideswiping a bicyclist who was leading more than a dozen others on a training ride, a Tucson police official said.

Investigators found Rodney Kinkade after viewing footage of the vehicle taken by a film crew accompanying the team on its ride Friday through Tucson's southeast side, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a spokesman for the Tucson police.

The incident occurred before noon Friday as 15 to 20 bicyclists were riding along East Valencia Road near East Old Vail Road. The group was eastbound on Valencia when a man driving a 1999 Oldsmobile Aurora began to pass them. The driver slowed near the front of the pack and screamed obscenities at the bicyclists, Widmer said.

"As the vehicle reached the front of the pack it swerved to the right and sideswiped the lead bicyclist, knocking him to the ground and causing other bicyclists to fall as well," Widmer said.

"The witnesses were mostly other bicyclists following in the pack. All stated to the police that the suspect intentionally struck the two bicyclists."

Two bicyclists were treated at the scene for injuries, he said.

Detectives with the aggravated assault unit used a photo of the car provided by the bicycle team's videographer to track the vehicle to the suspect's home. The car was impounded, and Kinkade was arrested and booked into the Pima County jail, Widmer said.

Kimberly Matas

Police seek robber of convenience store

Tucson police are looking for a man who robbed a convenience store last month.

The man, described as being 18 to 23 years old, standing 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds, robbed a Circle K at about 2:45 p.m. Jan. 9, Sgt. Chris Widmer, a spokesman for the Tucson Police Department, said in a press release.

The robber fled the store at 4160 N. First Ave. with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Kimberly Matas

Masked man robs Chase Bank on Oracle

A masked man robbed a Chase Bank in Oro Valley Tuesday and left with an undetermined amount of cash before officers arrived.

Oro Valley police were dispatched to the bank, 12925 N. Oracle Road, shortly before 5 p.m. to a report of a robbery in pro-gress, said Lt. Kara Riley, an Oro Valley Police Department spokeswoman.

When officers arrived, they learned the man had approached a teller and demanded money. No weapon was seen or implied, Riley said.

The man left the bank and was seen running west. He was described as white, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 170 pounds, Riley said.

The robber had black, disheveled hair and was wearing a straw hat. He wore a long-sleeved white undershirt with a dark T-shirt on top, blue jeans and gloves, Riley said.

Anyone with information about the man is asked to call 911, 88-CRIME or the Oro Valley Police Department at 229-4900.

Carmen Duarte