Chicago panhandler stabs man who refused to give him change, police say

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A 52-year-old man was stabbed in the throat by a panhandler on Sunday afternoon in Chicago when he refused to hand over any money or property, police said. 

Police located the suspect, 39-year-old Alaxstair Reed, about 10 minutes after the stabbing just a couple of blocks away from the scene. He has been charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of aggravated robbery. 

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Alaxstair Reed, 39, has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated robbery after allegedly stabbing a man in the throat who refused his requests to turn over money and property. 
(Chicago Police Department)

The victim was walking with his 15-year-old son when he denied Reed’s request for spare change, WGN9 reports. He was transported to a local hospital for surgery. 

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Chicago has seen a crime spike amid the coronavirus pandemic. The city recorded 769 homicides last year, a 55% increase over 2019. Fatal shootings jumped by 53% in 2020. 

The crime spike continued into 2021, with 85 people murdered in the first two months of this year, compared to 70 in the same time frame last year, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. 

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