By Alexis Huicochea
Arizona Daily star
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 04.01.2007
Anti-illegal-immigration activist Roy Warden was arrested Saturday morning after police say he threatened passers-by during a demonstration Downtown Monday afternoon.
Warden, 59, was booked into the Pima County jail on suspicion of three counts of disorderly conduct, one count of threatening or intimidating and one count of unlawful assembly, said Officer Frank Amado, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.
According to Amado, for the last three Mondays, Warden has been demonstrating in the plaza in front of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave., at lunchtime, which caused numerous complaints.
On the third Monday — March 26 — Warden "engaged in prolonged disruptive behavior to include threats towards bystanders in the area," Amado wrote in a news release.
Tucson police were contacted at that time but did not arrest Warden until after they collected evidence and witness statements to present to the city prosecutor, Amado said.
The city prosecutor advised police they had enough evidence to make an arrest. On Saturday about 10:30 a.m., an officer working in the area of Roger and Flowing Wells saw Warden and took him into custody without incident.
He remained at the jail Saturday afternoon in lieu of $1,285 bond.
In January, Warden was sentenced to three years of unsupervised probation for an incident outside the Mexican Consulate last June in which he pushed one person and made threats to two others.
He was convicted of one count of assault and two counts of threats and intimidation.
At the time of the sentencing, Warden was told he was not allowed to possess a firearm or go within 500 feet of any public demonstration during his probation.
Last year, Warden was acquitted of other charges stemming from another altercation over immigration issues.
He was arrested after he burned a Mexican flag at Armory Park in April while surrounded by hundreds of people who marched to protest immigration legislation they said was unfair.