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Police: Buffalo man aggressively panhandled, threatened workers and spit on officers

A 29-year-old University District man is accused of exposing himself to customers at a gas station, threatening an employee at another shop and spitting on and shouting vulgarities at the officers who arrested him Friday in the city's Kensington neighborhood.

Buffalo police say Jemere Q. Minnifield, of Lasalle Avenue, was spotted by officers aggressively panhandling at Bailey and Hempstead avenues.

Employees at two nearby gas stations on Bailey told police they and customers were harassed by Minnifield late Thursday and Friday morning. One employee said he exposed himself to a couple leaving the station.

At a third store, police said they saw Minnifield block the entrance to the building and threaten the employee when he was asked to leave, officers reported.

As he was arrested, Minnifield cursed at officers and spit on one of them, said police, who reported finding a used crack pipe in his outer coat pocket.

He is charged with aggravated harassment, harassment and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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