On Friday, April 3rd two panhandlers, Sumner Scott Haggard and Edward Lee Harrison began arguing over the corner they were panhandling on. According to police reports Harrison threatened to cut Haggard.
Haggard retaliated by going to his bicycle, opening a bag attached to his bicycle and pulling out a machete. Harrison said he backed off the corner immediately after Haggard grabbed the machete and threatened him back, according to the report. Haggard also decided to ride off on his bicycle as Haggard backed off the corner.
A witnessed called police after seeing Haggard on the corner waving the machete. As Haggard rode off on his bicycle, leaving the scene, he was stopped by an officer. The officer found the machete in a pool-cue bag attached to his bicycle and a hypodermic syringe in his backpack. Haggard told the officer he did not have diabetes.
He was taken to the Oklahoma County Jail and booked on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, attempted distribution of CDS, concealing stolen property, driving a motor vehicle without a license, a false declaration of ownership to a pawnbroker, manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of precursor substance without permit.
Harrison was questioned but released at the scene. City officials said panhandling tends to rise in the summer months. Neighborhoods going through gentrification tend to see it in an aggressive form but this is a bit more than just aggressive. Sumner’s bond is set at $5,000.
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