Man arrested for threatening panhandlers with gun, Colorado Springs police say

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado Springs police say a man has been arrested for using a gun to threaten panhandlers because he was upset by their begging.

The victims were panhandling on the sidewalk near Colorado Avenue and 32nd Street on Wednesday afternoon when the suspect, Michael Dabroski, 45, "drove by and yelled threatening statements at them because he was upset that the victims were panhandling," police said in a report.

Dabroski went shopping at Safeway for a few minutes and as he left the parking lot and was passing the victims he again began yelling at them again, police said.

Dabroski pulled a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun and menaced the victims before leaving the scene, police said.

Officers said they tracked Dabroski down at his home and found he was drunk and had the Sig Sauer handgun.

Police seized Daboski's permit to carry a concealed weapon and arrested him on investigation of felony menacing and weapons violations.