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It beggars belief

November 8th 2011


A man and a woman in the USA have been charged with robbery after pulling a gun on a homeless man - moments after giving him $5. Meghan Fleming, 26, and Timothy Fleming, 19, both appeared in court at the beginning of October after the incident in the car park of a popular chain of pet shops.

The court in Salem, Oregon, heard that Meghan Fleming was leaving the branch of PetSmart when she was approached by a homeless man who asked her for money. She gave him a five dollar note before returning to her car and apparently changing her mind. “She felt like she’d been scammed, so she went to get her money back,” said police officer Steve Birr.

According to police, Fleming drove up to the man and pulled out a gun - later revealed to be a BB pellet gun - demanding that he return the money. Timothy Fleming is also accused of being involved in the altercation, with police sources saying that he was annoyed that the homeless man “had been getting a lot of money from passers-by.”

The homeless man, who is not named in police reports, did not want to press charges, but the local district attorney’s office is pursuing the case. Both Meghan and Timothy Fleming are being held on charges of robbery, with the case due to be heard on 7 November.


November 2011



The Basement

New squatting law

Behaviour out of control at Cambridge hostel

Unemployed pushed to back of housing queue

Strike action still threatened at Centrepoint

Homeless campers evicted from Ipswich graveyard

Growing demand for food hand-outs

Homeless man accused of murder cover-up

It beggars belief

Hollywood star reveals homeless past

Australian city sweeps homelessness under the carpet

Street Shield 25: Morning on the steps of St Anon

Street Shield 25: Morning on the steps of St Anon

Homeless charities: Don?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t risk rough sleeping

Homes reserved for armed forces

Churches pile on the pressure over homelessness targets

Perfect storm brews for homelessness

Plan to reclaim empty homes gets a boost

Coventry City homeless charity?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s ?Ǭ£1 million appeal

Street superstars to shine on the silver screen

Narthex to open foodbank

Can you sing? No? Well come along anyway!


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