Reputed panhandler jailed in stabbing

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FORT WORTH -- A man known to police as a downtown panhandler was in jail Wednesday, accused of stabbing a bar patron early Tuesday.

Anthony Dewayne Shephard, 41, who does not have a permanent address, was in the Mansfield Jail on Wednesday night with bail set at $8,000. He faces a charge of aggravated robbery, according to jail records.

Police were called about 2:15 a.m. Tuesday to the 600 block of Houston Street, said Capt. Kevin Rodricks, a police spokesman.

A man who had reportedly just left the Library Bar stopped on the sidewalk to ask two men a question, Rodricks said. He intended to pay each a dollar for the information, but one wanted all his cash and stabbed him four times, Rodricks said.

Based on the description, officers recognized "a panhandler pretty widely known in the downtown area," Rodricks said.

Shephard was found and arrested.

The victim, 46, was taken in critical condition to a hospital. His condition could not be learned Wednesday.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684; Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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