Beggar in Vonore causing residents to worry

Beggar in Vonore causing residents to worry

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Some residents are worried about a suspicious man who is knocking on people's doors in Vonore. (source: Greg Harrison) Some residents are worried about a suspicious man who is knocking on people's doors in Vonore. (source: Greg Harrison)
"The day before he was at our neighbors and was begging for money because he said he had a small child that didn't have any formula," said Greg Harrison. "The day before he was at our neighbors and was begging for money because he said he had a small child that didn't have any formula," said Greg Harrison.
Police Chief Randy Kirkland says to ask for money in their city limits, you need a permit. Police Chief Randy Kirkland says to ask for money in their city limits, you need a permit.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

VONORE (WATE) - Some residents in Vonore are worried after a suspicious man came around knocking on people's doors.     

Residents say he is making them feel unsafe, and now police are investigating.

The suspicious man has been spotted in the Lakeside community of Vonore.

The man approached Greg Harrison's wife on Pressley Road on Tuesday.

"She was sitting on the porch with a baby, babysitting for one of my friends, and a guy pulls up and starts walking towards her and she doesn't know who he is," said Harrison. "She tells him to stop."

Without the suspect's knowledge, Harrison's wife took a photo of him with her cell phone. She says he was driving a charcoal Ford Taurus.

"The day before he was at our neighbors and was begging for money because he said he had a small child that didn't have any formula," said Harrison.

The Vonore Police Department has received numerous call about this man begging for money.

"Some guy comes up and asks for $24, $25 and he's asking for formula for his kids," said Vonore Police Chief Randy Kirkland.   

Chief Kirkland says to ask for money in their city limits, you need a permit.    

He says he wants to talk to this man because he is scaring residents.

"I believe this guy has a drug problem and that is why he is out bumming money," said Harrison. "You never know what they are capable of."

The man has alsoy been spotted in Sweetwater. If this man does come forward Chief Kirkland says he would go easy on him.

"Probably be a verbal warning to begin with," he said, "Hopefully he would stop."   

Officials in Loudon County say they have also had problems with this man approaching people in their area.

If you know who this man is, or have been approached by him, you are asked to call the Vonore Police Department at (423) 884-2480.

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