When you only have one side of the story, it’s difficult to determine exactly what happened:
“Pedestrian says he punched panhandler
An Ann Arbor man said a panhandler rushed him Sunday night after he told the man he had only $1 to spare, so he punched the panhandler in the face to avoid being attacked, city police said.
The 39-year-old man said he was walking in the 700 block of South Main Street at 11:15 p.m. when a man sitting on a window sill asked him for money, reports said. He said he had $1 and was retrieving it from his pocket when the panhandler became angry and rushed toward him, reports said.
The man said he was fearful that he was about to be robbed or attacked, so he punched the panhandler in the face, reports said. Both men fled, and the panhandler was not located.”