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Norwalk Police: Panhandler Threatens To Shoot People Who Didn't Give Money

Richard Carpenter
Richard Carpenter Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department

NORWALK, Conn. -- A Norwalk panhandler will have to work on his sales pitch after he threatened to shoot people after they declined to give him money Tuesday night, police said.

Police said the man was standing outside the Gulf service station at 207 Westport Ave. at around 9 p.m. and became upset when people declined to give him any money. He was heard stating he was going to shoot people, police said.

When officers arrived, the suspect had left the area but later returned to the gas station where he was arrested, police said.

Richard Carpenter, 49, of 1 Walter Ave., was charged with breach of peace and panhandling. Bond was set at $2,500, and he is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 9.

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