Lufkin panhandler arrested for bullying in territorial dispute

Dowell Evans mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Dowell Evans mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police have arrested a panhandler after he allegedly bullied a man collecting donations for his church over territory issues.

Dowell Wendell Evans, 72, of Nacogdoches, is charged with disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.

According to the police report, officers responded to several reports of a disturbance at noon at the intersection of South First Street and South Medford Drive.

Multiple witnesses said that Evans was soliciting money for himself and knocked a collections can out of the hands of Juan Tejeda-Ruvalcaba, 21, of Dallas, who claimed to be collecting donations for his church, and into the street.

One citizen said that was when he stopped and got out of his truck and said he was not going to allow Evans to bully Tejeda.

The citizen said that Evans told him that he had been at the location first and that Tejeda was "in his territory."

Tejeda said he did not want to pursue any charges on Evans, but officers decided to arrest Evans because he had breached the peace and they wanted to keep the matter from escalating further.

Evans was booked into the jail, but released on a re-appear slip.

Evans was the subject of a KTRE feature on Monday, dealing with how he had no place to go for Thanksgiving.

He was also arrested on January 16, on a charge of solicitation by pedestrian. His criminal history shows a 2009 conviction for felony theft.

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