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Spurned panhandler goes after man in the Back Bay with a sharp object, police say

Boston Police report arresting a man for an incident outside the Walgreens, 841 Boylston St. in the Back Bay, around 9:10 p.m. on Tuesday.

Police say Paul Derrick Nicholson, 61, asked a man coming out of the store for some money and that when the man said he didn't have any, took extreme offense:

Nicholson allegedly produced a straight razor, threateningly raising it above his head, and then made an advance towards the victim. After a brief investigation, officers apprehended Nicholson as he attempted to flee. Though a straight razor was not recovered, a search of Nicholson revealed two syringe needles.

Nicholson was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and disturbing the peace, police say.

Innocent, etc.

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