Panhandler accused of pulling knife on man in Florence

Panhandler accused of pulling knife on man in Florence

FLORENCE, Ala. (WAFF) - Florence police arrested a man they say pulled a knife and robbed a person leaving a business.

29-year-old James Burns is charged with first-degree robbery.

It happened around 1:45 a.m. Tuesday in the area of North Courtland Street. Police say a man was leaving a business there when he was approached by a male asking for money. The victim reportedly gave Burns $3.

The victim told police Burns was not satisfied with the money, pulled a knife and demanded more.

Police caught up with Burns a short distance from the crime. Police say Burns was in possession of the knife and $3.

Burns was taken to the Lauderdale County Detention Center. His bond was set at $60,000.

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