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Panhandler Accused of Assaulting Man Who Refused to Give Money

Posted March 28, 2008

— A Raleigh panhandler is behind bars accused of assaulting a man who wouldn't give him money.

Perry Lovett, 30, was being held Thursday night at the Wake County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

According to court documents, he hit a man twice and pushed him up against a vehicle in a parking lot near Rock Quarry Road.

It reportedly happened in front of the victim's 7-year-old daughter.


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  • IzzMad2016 Mar 28, 2008

    defeyent : I know exactly who you are talking about. I absolutely hate it when I see him there with his dog either in the body sling or laying on the curb. The poor thing looks so scared with all the traffic and noise. It's shameful.

  • Joe Schmoe Mar 28, 2008

    That's not a panhandler. That's a robber.

  • ifcdirector Mar 28, 2008

    The best defense is to scream at the top of your lungs as aggressively as possible at them to STOP. DO NOT COME ANY CLOSER TO ME no matter if you are alone or in a crowd. Allowing someone like this to get within your space is very dangerous and they are desparate enough or high enough to do you harm. If they ignore your warning then you know to prepare to either run or defend yourself because they do not have good intentions. Do not let them get close to you by any means whatever you do. Not only are you vulnerable to a knife, gun, or assault but also to whatever disease they may be carrying too. What would be awesome is if I saw any evidence whatsoever of the Raleigh Police department being proactive enough to get these people off the streets so incidents like this won't happen. I see a ton of officers working the club doors on the weekends but I have not seen any serious enforcement of panhandler laws. Of course it takes an incident usually to start it. Protect yourself. You have to

  • Account Deleted Please Try Again Mar 28, 2008

    Besides looking like Flavor Flav. I never forget seeing one dude in Durham Holding a Sign across the street from a fast food place (holding sign meaning can flip burgers)... then some one motioned him over to their car and he got up and walked over.

    Since then I don't respond to them.

  • NCMOMof3 Mar 28, 2008

    now come on people, you know he wasn't raised right. It's his parent's fault that he didn't know any better than to beat up someone because they didn't give him what he wanted. Why are we blaming him because his parents and then his teachers didn't teach him any better? It's not his fault. He had to have been a problem student so therefore he didn't rate the top teachers and was not able to get a quality eduation and has not been able to hold down a decent paying job and therefore, we as a society, has forced this poor, downtrodden individual to panhandle. And when he was refused his free money, as is his right, we can't hold him responsible for reacting with anger and violence. Now we need to be sure we allow him out on probation so he can do this again.

    NOT. It's time we hold people responsible for their actions. Stop allowing panhandling. Stop the handouts. Get tough on crime. And stop the excuses!!

  • richard2 Mar 28, 2008

    That sounds like strong arm robbery to me. That is not panhandling. You need to get story line right.

  • defeyent Mar 28, 2008

    To heck with it. I think I'll just start harassing them from now on. How about a little tough love instead of the darn handouts that obviously don't help. Next time I'm on my way to Southpoint and see that guy with the orange vest harassing the people at the stoplight over 40 I should tell him that sometime within the past year he should have found a blankety blank job and contributed somehow instead of being a walking leach!

  • enigma1469 Mar 28, 2008

    I tell them straight out each time to get a job. There is enough government handouts that being homeless is a choice. The governments gives money out like it is candy so don't tell me that they can't help it.

  • iamforjustice Mar 28, 2008

    Here we go again....you fail to realize panhandling is big business. They get paid more per hour than I do, they don't have to taxes taken out on them, they work their own hours and corners. They drive nice cars, have nice homes...some of them. When they get sick they can go to jail to get well. They live a demn good life. They make me want a career change.

  • ANGEL+3 Mar 28, 2008

    if he can do all that to another person, he can work get a job. i hope they throw the books at him, he looks pretty healthy to me. even my blind cousin has a full time job.... gimmie a break