A probationer notorious for intimidating people while asking for money was arrested in Hemet Wednesday on suspicion of possessing teargas and other offenses.
Patrick B. Bradley, 54, of Palm Springs was booked into the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning after a Hemet police investigation revealed multiple alleged probation violations.
Along with allegedly possessing teargas, Bradley was booked on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and being in possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bradley is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.
According to Hemet police Lt. Eric Dickson, officers conducted a probation compliance check about noon at the motel room in which Bradley has been staying in the 1600 block of West Florida Avenue.
The 5-feet-11-inch, 325-pound probationer arrived from the Coachella Valley earlier this year.
Since that time, Bradley has been arrested three times — including Wednesday — for actions related to aggressive panhandling, Dickson said.
“The city has received numerous complaints about Mr. Bradley cursing at people who refuse to give him money, and even reports that he had blocked their vehicles in parking stalls with his scooter,” Dickson said.
Bradley tries different stories on people in soliciting handouts, sometimes telling them he’s a homeless veteran or physically disabled without care, Dickson said.
According to Dickson, the accounts are untrue.
“The Hemet Police Department would like to discourage our residents from giving him money,” he said. “Mr. Bradley has a history of violence and makes his living by duping people into feeling sorry for him.”
According to court records, Bradley has prior convictions for obstructing a business, assault, public fighting and disorderly conduct.
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