Alleged Aggressive Panhandler Arrested Again


A man accused of aggressively panhandling all over the Ohio Valley has been arrested again.

This time, it started with an early morning call to 911, reporting a man assaulting a woman in Gabriel Brothers’ parking lot.

Belmont County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived to find no one around, but someone told them they saw a man running up the hill to the Breezy Hill area.

When they got there, a woman told them a man had tried to force his way into her car to get a ride, claiming he needed help. She refused.

Soon, deputies arrested 30-year-old Aaron Baker of Lansing and took him to jail.

“Actually we were following this story on the Channel 7 app. I’ve been following it for quite some time. And I’m quite surprised it was concluded right here in our front yard. There’s very little traffic up here,” said Real Estate Appraiser Tim Wilson.

“I’m very thankful that our police force, they’re always very public in this area. So it really doesn’t surprise me that they were able to apprehend him pretty quickly it sounds like. So that to me, sounds like, having a business, makes me feel extremely safe,” said Stephanie Trouten.

Aaron Baker is charged with two counts of criminal trespass and one count of persistent disorderly conduct.

Sheriff Dave Lucas says Baker is jailed with no bond possible, since he had failed to appear for court on an earlier charge.

Moundsville Police confirm Baker is the same man who was aggressively stalking their shopping areas, forcing women to drive him around, almost a year ago.

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