The Morning Blotter: Aggressive Panhandler Arrested in South Lake Union

With all the recent talk of aggressive panhandling in downtown Seattle, this report seems particularly relevant.

Seattle police arrested a 26-year-old man in South Lake Union last week after he stopped traffic to ask drivers for change.

According to the report, police were called to Mercer and Dexter shortly after 7:00pm on March 12th after receiving a report that an Asian male was “aggressively panhandling in the roadway, blocking traffic, and intimidating motorists.”

The report says when one driver honked at the man, he walked over to the driver “in a threatening manner…and started cursing at him and threatened to beat him up.”

Police arrived at the scene but the man had already fled. Officers searched the area and found the man lying in a grassy patch on a nearby median, pretending to be asleep.

Officers roused the man who, the report says, “started to be belligerent and use profanities” and then started throwing branches and dirt.

Police arrested the man and booked him in to the King County Jail for assault and pedestrian interference.