OKLAHOMA CITY – An Edmond man has been arrested after allegedly violating panhandling ordinances in Oklahoma City.
On May 13, officers were patrolling the area of N. May Ave. and W. Memorial Rd. when he spotted a man going into the street to collect money from drivers.
According to the arrest affidavit, 67-year-old George Wayne Marshall was holding a sign that read, “Senior couple 67 and 72, Parkinson’s, cancer $’s for meds and food. Thank you.”
The officer said that he met Marshall two years before while doing outreach with the homeless.
Authorities say Marshall was not homeless but was panhandling.
The officer said that he told Marshall he could help him find a charity to help with his medication and gave him information on food pantries.
“[Marshall] wrote a letter to Hefner Division stating that he did not want my help or need my help, that I should leave him alone and focus on getting the homeless off of his corner. Since then I have warned [Marshall] that if he will not accept real legal help that I would enforce the law when I saw him breaking it,” the affidavit read.
Marshall received a ticket last July for being in the roadway, to which he allegedly responded, “I will have to panhandle for a whole day to pay for this!”
When he was caught going into the roadway again, he was taken into custody.
“I asked [Marshall], since he lives in Edmond, why he doesn’t panhandle there and comes all this way to do it in Oklahoma City? [Marshall] stated, ‘It’s illegal there.’ I again explained to [Marshall] it is illegal here too. He stated that they will arrest you for just holding a sign there. Here they have to catch you getting in the road,” the affidavit read.
Marshall was arrested for soliciting from the street.