Business asked Bradenton panhandler to leave customers alone. She pulled a knife, cops say

An employee at a business near the Oaks Plaza in the 3000 block of First Street wanted a female panhandler to stop bothering customers and the panhandler “snapped,” according to the arrest report.

Manatee County sheriff’s deputies say 27-year-old Katherine Collins on Thursday not only refused, but pulled a knife and threatened to “mess up” the employee while pointing the knife in her direction.

The suspect fled the area but deputies obtained a description and located Collins in the 300 block of 34th Avenue Drive East a short time later while she was walking down the road.

Deputies detained Collins and located the knife, as well as another knife inside a box marked, “Texas Greg.”

Also inside the bag was another smaller sequin bag with a baggie of white powder and four already loaded syringes with a liquid that was later identified as methamphetamine totaling 10 grams.

Collins was arrested on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance.

Breaking News/Real Time Reporter Mark Young began his career in 1996 and has been with the Bradenton Herald since 2014. He has won more than a dozen awards over the years, including the coveted Lucy Morgan Award for In-Depth Reporting from the Florida Press Club and for beat reporting from the Society for Professional Journalists to name a few. His reporting experience is as diverse as the communities he covers.
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