Lynchburg Residents Concerned About "Scary" And "Aggressive" Panhandler

Scary and aggressive: that's how a number of people are describing a panhandler they've seen around the Rivermont and Boonsboro areas.

Lynchburg city officials made panhandling illegal back in 2006.

One driver says about a week ago she was in the car with her 16-month-old child when a woman approached her car.

"The light was changing and out of nowhere comes this lady, frantic, and about to grab the door open," said Ariel Oliver.

Oliver says the woman was asking for money, but she immediately locked her doors and drove off.

"It's sad to say because you want to be the person that helps someone else if they are desperate and frantic, but you also can’t take the risk of somebody hurting you or your children," Oliver said.

Just a few blocks away the manager at Magnolia Foods on Rivermont Avenue, Amanda Fisher, says she has encountered, who she believes, is the same woman.

More on this story HERE from ABC-13 WSET.

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