Aggressive Panhandler Attacks Woman in University District

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee February 26, 2010

A police report released Thurdsay indicates that just days before City Councilmember Tim Burgess unveiled a plan to crackdown on aggressive panhandling in Seattle, a woman was attacked outside of a University District grocery store by a panhandler.

The report says that at around 7:00 pm on February 19th, a woman was listening to her iPod and loading groceries into her car in the parking lot of the Safeway at 47th and Brooklyn when a man, who'd been panhandling in front of the store walked up to her.

The report says the man then shoved a shopping cart into the woman, striking her in the stomach. He then told the woman "You need to respect me like I respect you" and, the report says, "went back to the front of the Safeway to panhandle some more." 

The woman didn't report the incident to police until two days later.

According to the report, the woman told officers she "thinks that the suspect kept asking her for money while she was walking, but she couldn't hear him because of the earphones she had on."

The woman said she wasn't sure whether she wanted to file charges against the man—who she had never seen before—but wanted the incident documented.

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