A Long Island panhandler was arrested Sunday after allegedly slashing and stabbing a man who had just given him money. Nassau County police say the victim gave the suspect $1 when asked repeatedly for money by the panhandler, but apparently it wasn't enough. The panhandler allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed and slashed the man about the face, neck, chest and hands, according to NBC New York on Oct. 14. In an ironic twist, the two men showed up later at the same hospital, where the victim put the finger on the perp.
What instigated the attack was that the suspect noticed more cash in the victim's wallet, but the man refused to fork over any more money to the panhadler.
After attacking the man with the knife on Meacham Avenue near the Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont at around 3 a.m., the victim picked a pipe up off the ground and fended off the attack, bludgeoning the beggar.
The suspect, identified as 46-year-old James Howley, fled while throwing a brick through a gas station window before eventually showing up at an area hospital. Ironically, the victim had just been taken to the same facility, according to the Gothamist.
When the unidentified 43-year-old victim saw the perpetrator at the ER, he pointed him out to police and the arrest was made.
The suspect is being charged with first-degree assault, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal mischief and two counts of attempted robbery.
The victim is said to have suffered serious lacerations and stab wounds, but his condition was not released.