Police urge ‘awareness’ after student assault


The Pima Community College Department of Public Safety has issued a college-wide  “Timely Warning” encouraging students to practice good safety measures.

The warning came after an assault was reported at the Downtown Campus on April 8.

PCC police gave this account:

A Downtown Campus police officer patrolling the east-side parking lot at about 9 a.m. heard screaming coming from the campus marquee area near Speedway Boulevard and Stone Avenue.

The officer witnessed a female Pima student being knocked to the ground by a male suspect. The male then ran northbound on Stone Avenue in front of the campus.

The officer and a male Pima student apprehended the suspect, Paul Joseph Lilly of Tucson.

The victim told police the suspect grabbed her cell phone and knocked her to the ground. Medical personnel treated the student at the scene for minor injuries.

Police said Lilly, 34, admitted to being under the influence of methadone and morphine.

Lilly was treated at the scene for minor injuries and for a possible drug overdose. After being cleared by medical personnel, he was booked into the county jail.

Campus police urged students to be aware of their surroundings at all times, and to limit distractions such as music and cell phone use.

They also reminded students that campus emergency blue phones give students direct access to the PCC police department at all times.

The phones can be found in varied locations at each of Pima’s six campuses.

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