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Panhandler injured after alleged robbery attempt Monday

July 7th, 2014 - 5:45pm

(Port Angeles) -- Clallam County sheriff's deputies are investigating an apparent robbery attempt Monday afternoon where a panhandler was injured after allegedly pulling a knife on a Bremerton man.

Sergeant Eric Munger says it happened about 12:30 p.m. Monday outside the eastside Port Angeles Safeway store.

In a press release, Munger says a Bremerton resident along with his daughter and son-in-law, who were visiting from Texas, stopped at the Safeway to buy lunch.

As they were leaving the store, they were harassed by a panhandler, identified by deputies as Daniel James Jackson, a 61-year-old from Greeley Colorado.

According to the victims, Jackson was quite aggressive in his requests for money.

They ignored Jackson and continued to their vehicle.

Once they got in their vehicle, they discovered some of their lunch had spilled in the bag and made a mess.

The man and his son-in-law returned to the Safeway to get more napkins to clean up.

The Bremerton man went to the restroom to wash his hands, while his son-in-law collected the napkins.

The son-in-law left the store to go back to their car while the Bremerton man was still in the restroom.

Reports say once outside, the son-in-law was again harassed by Jackson.

When he told Jackson he did not have any money, Jackson allegedly produced a knife and threatened him.

At about this time, the Bremerton man was coming out of the store and saw what was going on.

The release says he ran up behind the panhandler and gave him a shove.

Jackson fell to the ground, sustaining face and head injuries.

He was transported by Medics to the Olympic Medical Center.

Other witnesses reported that Jackson had been in the area all weekend and was harassing other customers.

Clallam County Deputies are continuing to investigate the incident.

If anyone witnessed the event or have any information, please contact Deputy Bill Cortani or Sergeant Eric Munger at 417-2459.

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