Boston Police report arresting a guy they say got $5 from a man walking through Downtown Crossing early this morning and when the man refused to give him more, tried to punch him and then chased after him - continuing to try to slug him when he got close enough - until they wound up at Beacon and Joy streets, where the victim spotted a couple of officers and flagged them down.
According to police, the incident, shortly after 3:30 a.m., began when Kelby Jones, 47, angrily approached the man and demanded money:
Fearing for his safety, the victim handed the suspect five dollars but the suspect insisted he give him more. When the victim refused, a brief struggle broke out next to the suspect attempted to strike the victim and followed him to the Park Street MBTA Station where a brief struggle ensued. The victim was able to break away but the suspect continued to chase him while attempting to strike him up until the moment the officers arrived on scene.
Jones was charged with assault and battery and unarmed robbery, police say.