Chicopee, Springfield police warning people about aggressive panhandlers

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Police in Chicopee and Springfield are warning people about aggressive panhandlers. 

Police in Springfield arrested 31-year-old Kamil Bak on Monday for the second time in three days for aggressive panhandling.

In Chicopee, police arrested 45-year-old Jeremy Wood three times in the last week for aggressive panhandling.

Chicopee police said while people do need assistance, the man’s behavior put people in “fear” and “caused chaos.”

“I wish that there were more opportunities that they could go to so they wouldn’t be so aggressive, and what is it out there that is making them so aggressive and what can we do to change that basically,” said Candejah Pink.

Chicopee police have asked that people not give Wood money, and to contact the department if he is seen panhandling in the city again. 

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