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Police: Panhandler arrested after kicking visitor

November 20, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland police say they have arrested a homeless man who allegedly kicked a tourist for refusing his request for a handout.

Police say 45-year-old Richard Sneddon approached a man visiting from the United Kingdom at about 12:30 p.m. Monday and asked for money.

The 59-year-old visitor refused, and police say Sneddon responded by kicking and pushing the victim.

The victim was taken to Maine Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery for a leg injury.

Police located Sneddon several hours later and charged him with felony assault. He is being held on $1,000 bail and faces arraignment Wednesday. It could not be determined if he had a lawyer.

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