Portsmouth Police Warn Of Aggressive Panhandlers Targeting Women Shoppers
Just before noon, police responded to a report of a man sitting at the end of the Taco Bell drive-thru on Gallia who was asking people for food and money. Witnesses said he became violent and threatened people.
An officer advised him to leave the property and he complied.
Portsmouth Police said they had also received complaints from several women of homeless panhandlers acting aggressively towards shoppers at Aldi’s. They seem to be targeting older ladies.
PPD advised women to back away and immediately call 911 or activate the panic button on their key fob if they have one. They said there has been a case of a woman attacked in the parking lot.
According to a post by PPD, “We do not want this to happen to anyone else. If you are there and see someone being harassed by these men, please call and observe what is going on and relay it to the dispatcher. Please watch out for each other.”