Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Panhandler Robs Motorist

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Panhandler Robs Motorist

Article excerpt

A motorist who rolled down his window to slip a dollar bill to a panhandler got more than he bargained for Tuesday morning when the man he was trying to help pulled a knife on him, and robbed him of his money and cellphone as he drove out of a mall parking lot in southwest Topeka.

Police said the incident occurred about 8:30 a.m. just west of S.W. 21st and Wanamaker, on the south side of West Ridge Mall.

Police watch commander Lt. Chris Heaven told The Topeka Capital-Journal the victim said he was driving out of the south mall exit and preparing to enter S.W. 21st when he stopped his vehicle to give a dollar to a man standing at that location asking for money.

"The victim rolled down his window and offered him a dollar," Heaven said. "However, the man pulled out a knife and demanded more money. …

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