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Hate Crime: Panhandler Allegedly Assaulted and Insulted McDonald's Manager

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A panhandler has been arrested for allegedly physically and verbally assaulting the manager of a McDonald's. During the attack, the suspect reportedly threatened the victim with a knife, and yelled racial slurs at him.

The incident took place in the 600 block of South Alameda at about 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 15, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. At that time, the manager received a complaint from a customer that a panhandler was inside the fast food restaurant bothering patrons.

The manager approached the suspect, later identified as Kenneth Underwood, and asked him to leave the restaurant. Underwood objected, but left the building, only to position himself by the drive-through in order to seek money and food from customers there.

Again, the manager asked Underwood to leave the property. Underwood became angry, and pushed the manager, then grabbed him and "pressed a knife against the victim’s torso and threatened to kill him," according to the LAPD. During the physical confrontation, the manager reports Underwood shouted racial slurs at him; the manager also reported that Underwood has made similar remarks about his race and sexual orientation in the past.

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The suspect ultimately left the scene.

Underwood showed up at the McDonald's again on Monday December 17, and the LAPD were called in to take the suspect into custody. Underwood was arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon and enhancements for a Hate Crime will be sought.