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Homeless Man Cited for Panhandling with Machete

23-Year-Old from North Carolina Also Has Los Angeles Warrant


Friday, April 5, 2013
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A 23-year-old homeless man from Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, was cited Monday for aggressive panhandling after an SBPD Community Services Liaison employee witnessed him wielding a machete on State Street and saying to a passerby: “Give me your (expletive) money.”

According to police spokesperson Sgt. Riley Harwood, “Several pedestrians appeared startled and frightened by this behavior and walked hurriedly away from [Trevor] Ruggles after he confronted them. It did not appear that any of the passersby were overtly threatened with the machete; however none of them remained at the scene to be contacted by officers.”

Ruggles, said Harwood, sheathed the 22-inch weapon when he saw the first police car arrive on scene in the 500 block of State Street. He was issued a citation for aggressive panhandling and carrying a knife in plain view with a blade in excess of three inches. The machete was seized as evidence. Officers, explained Harwood, also discovered Ruggles had an outstanding, non-extraditable $5,000 warrant out of a Santa Monica. He was issued a notice to appear in Los Angeles court for that warrant.

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I don't know about this. To me, aggressive panhandling is when the beggar follows you down the street and keeps asking for money, maybe tugging at your sleeve. Brandishing a machete seems a bit beyond aggressive panhandling. How about assault with a deadly weapon?

blackpoodles (anonymous profile)
April 5, 2013 at 11:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

WTF?
"Aggressive Panhandling"?
Wielding a weapon and demanding "Give me your F***ing money" Sounds like Armed Robbery to me.

Why such a ridiculously lesser charge? If he were not "homeless", would he have been properly charged?

Next, we'll hear of a homeless guy that robs a bank at gunpoint being charged with an "unauthorized overdraft"

Unbelievable.

Maybe the cops are too busy beating up (and sometimes killing) other citizens over seemingly lesser crimes?

cartoonz (anonymous profile)
April 7, 2013 at 2:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

...and why was the article about the man that the SBPD actually beat to death (he later died at the jail) set up to have no comments/discussion?

cartoonz (anonymous profile)
April 7, 2013 at 2:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Maybe it was his mother's lucky machete.
Give him a banjo and throw him in the hoosegow.

Draxor (anonymous profile)
April 8, 2013 at 8:03 a.m. (Suggest removal)

cartoonz, you got it right, according to the California Penal Code, SECTION 211, states; Robbery is the felonious taking of personal property in the possession of another, from his person or immediate presence, and against his will, accomplished by means of force or fear. Section 212. The fear mentioned in Section 211 may be either:
1. The fear of an unlawful injury to the person or property of the person robbed, or of any relative of his or member of his family; or,
2. The fear of an immediate and unlawful injury to the person or property of anyone in the company of the person robbed at the time of the robbery.
I think the DA fumbled this one or because no one stated that the bum was actually viewed as a threat. Now if I were the one getting a threat of such, I would have taken away his Machete with use of force but probably get charged with Robbery instead.

dou4now (anonymous profile)
April 8, 2013 at 10:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Who needs a sign when you have a machete.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
April 8, 2013 at 8:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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