Beggar becomes chooser with rusty gun 

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He gives beggars citywide a bad name.

A thankless thug who asked for spare change at a Bayview gas station on Wednesday robbed a 69-year-old man who had agreed to give him money, police said.

The lout asked for cash as the victim got out of his car to pump gas at Third and Evans about 8:40 p.m.

“The victim agreed and pulled a $100 bill from his wallet to pay for the gas,” according to Bayview police.

The thug reportedly snatched the bill and pulled out a rusty handgun. He fled south on Phelps.

Later that night, a man matching the thug’s description was arrested in the 1600 block of Revere and positively identified by the victim. Michael Franklin, 50, was booked on armed robbery charges.


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