Panhandler reacts violently towards woman trying to help

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (WFLX) - An attempt to help a panhandler turned violent in Port St. Lucie.

Police say, 36-year-old Erica Johnson and her boyfriend were hanging out in the parking lot at the 7-Eleven on Port St. Lucie Boulevard Tuesday night when a woman offered them a few bucks.

That's when, police say, Johnson started throwing things and screaming at the woman and tried to get into her truck.

They handcuffed the panhandler and booked her despite her ability to get wiggle out of her handcuffs.

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