Police Say a Panhandler Went Berserk when His Colleague Went to Buy a Hot Dog

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Isiaih Caldwell
On Saturday afternoon, a panhandler, whom police later identified as 59-year-old Isaiah Caldwell, was working the traffic coming off Interstate 35 on Marsalis Avenue in East Oak Cliff when another panhandler, a 42-year-old woman, arrived at the same spot.

She quickly offered a suggestion: Rather than compete with one another for the good will of strangers who, confronted with two panhandlers at the same spot, might be less inclined to open their wallets, why not cooperate? She would stand on the median and ask for money, since drivers would likely be more sympathetic to a woman, and the two would split the proceeds, 50/50.

It didn't take long for a kindhearted driver to stop and hand her a bill, which she took and promptly left her post. When she did, Caldwell was at her side, demanding his share. Fine, she said, but first she was going to buy a hot dog and soda. She'd give him the change when she was finished.

This, the woman told police, sent Caldwell into a sputtering rage. "Imma get you, bitch!" he screamed at her as he followed her across the parking lot. She started to run but tripped. He climbed on top of her and put the blade of a pocket knife to her throat. She clawed desperately at his face. He stabbed her in the hand in response but could do no more damage before some Good Samaritans tackled him and held him until police arrived.

Caldwell was taken to Lew Sterrett for a parole violation and a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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ruddski
ruddski

This is why I only give these folks cold beer.


whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

I see finding good employees and business partners is tough in every market

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

There are genuine homeless people who sell StreetZine on downtown corners who are on their first step to returning to a life.  Then there is that obnoxious loud-mouthed panhandler at Elm and Akard during morning rush hour still selling the paper after a decade.  I've seen him on his later "shifts" at the St. Paul DART station, and at the West End station.

LolyD
LolyD

and this is why people should stop giving money to panhandlers

Giving money isn't kind its perpetuating a problem.

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

"Caldwell was taken to Lew Sterrett for a parole violation"


Another violent criminal allowed back on the streets by our worthless racist Craig Watkins. 

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

And yet smug whites will scoff at you for locking your doors when approaching these urchins. 

observist
observist topcommenter

I wonder if he can file a civil suit against her for breach of contract?  Seems like there's consideration and acceptance, but it's not clear if they intended for the deal to be legally binding.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

@ruddski what intersection do you live near. i'll be wearing a blue cap.

downtownworker
downtownworker

@LolyD I would add: If you want to help the homeless, give to the Stewpot or the Bridge.

observist
observist topcommenter

@Sharon_Moreanus HHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHA I have that CD single from like 20 years ago!  B-Side is "Biting My Nails"

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

@observist @cantkeepthetruthdown @Daniel All the plans proposed by people like you and Daniel involve spending OPM. Put some of our own skin in the game and stop subjecting the rest of us to tired platitudes. 


And I offered more than 2 options. Work camps. They love camping!

observist
observist topcommenter

@cantkeepthetruthdown @Daniel  Because those are the only two alternatives - put them up in your house, or put them in the ovens.

You haven't been getting enough attention lately, have you?

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