Sheriff: Family sends knife-wielding panhandler to hospital

PORT ANGELES, Wash. -- A family tired of being harassed by an overly aggressive pan handler fought back when the 61-year-old man pulled a knife on them, sending him to the hospital, according to the Clallam County Sheriff's Office.

A Bremerton resident and his daughter and son-in-law, who were visiting from Texas, stopped by a Safeway near Port Angeles around 12:30 p.m. Monday to buy lunch.

On the way out of the store, the family was reportedly confronted by Daniel Jackson, who they said was aggressive in his requests for money.

The family ignored Jackson, but the Bremerton resident and his son-in-law had to go back into Safeway to get napkins after their food spilled in their car.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the son-in-law was leaving the Safeway a second time when he was again confronted by Jackson. When the son-in-law said he didn't have any money, Jackson reportedly pulled out a knife and threatened him.

The Bremerton resident, who had been washing his hands in the Safeway restroom, saw what was happening and pushed Jackson to the ground, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Jackson was taken to Olympic Medical Center with injuries to his head and face.

According to the Sheriff's Office, witnesses said Jackson, whose most-recent address is in Colorado, had been at the store harassing customers all weekend.

The Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate the incident.