Panhandler charged with threatening to beat up victim who wouldn’t give her $1

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A 46-year-old Bradenton panhandler has been charged with threatening a woman who wouldn’t give her $1, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

About 6 p.m. Thursday, Melanie Leff was panhandling in the 2800 of 14th Street West. Deputies responding to a complaint that Leff had threatened to beat someone walking by her after she refused to give her $1, saw and heard Leff yelling profanities at someone inside a car stopped at the red light.

Deputies arrested Leff on charges of panhandling and engaging in conduct that implies threat of injury.


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