SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Police said they arrested a man who tried to get into a car as it was trying to pull out of a parking lot.
Springfield Police Sergeant John Delaney told 22News the man, 42-year-old Tykiwa Lee, was later arrested and charged with attempted car jacking and aggressive panhandling.
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Delaney said officers were called to the Domino’s Pizza on Sumner Avenue Thursday night after they received reports of a man trying to get inside a car that was trying to pull out of the restaurant’s parking lot. Witnesses told officers that Lee first approached the driver as he was walking into the restaurant and asked him for money.
The man driving the car had a two-year-old girl in his backseat and was beeping the horn constantly for help. That’s when police said another driver pulled into the parking lot and confronted Lee, who then ran away down Sumner Avenue.
Witnesses told officers they recognized Lee from a previous Springfield Police Department Facebook post, when the department posted Lee’s photo describing him as a “notorious aggressive panhandler.”
From there, Delaney said officers knew who they were talking about and drove toward Lee’s address on Powell Avenue. He was eventually arrested on Powell Avenue after initially attempting to flee.