Liquor store employee points gun at panhandlers, police say

08/18/2014 12:31 PM

08/18/2014 4:17 PM

Two men begging for money next to a downtown liquor store were ordered to leave on Saturday night – and then the employee pointed a gun at them to show he wasn’t kidding, police said.

The victims, ages 30 and 55, were in front of Four Aces Smoke and Liquor in the 700 block of North Waco when they were confronted by an employee at about 6 p.m., Wichita police Lt. James Espinoza said.

The employee then retrieved a handgun and pointed it at them, they told police. The gun was confiscated but no arrests were made, Espinoza said.

Four Aces routinely sells single containers of beer to homeless people who hang out or reside next to the river downtown, Espinoza said.

While selling single containers is legal in Kansas, Espinoza said, Four Aces appears to be the only liquor store in Wichita willing to do that.

One of the two men confronted by the liquor store employee listed the Union Rescue Mission – a shelter for men – as his permanent address, while the other man lives in a residence.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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