Panhandler with history of stabbings sent to prison - WSMV News 4

Panhandler with history of stabbings sent to prison

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A Nashville panhandler with a long history of stabbing people is back off the streets. Earlier this month, Channel 4 told you about Andy Davis, who has been arrested dozens of times and has stabbed at least 10 people.

Police and the district attorney consider Davis nothing less than a menace to society, while his lawyer said his reputation is overblown.

"He is a problem person in our community. This is a person who if you see is acting unusual, don't approach. Call us and let us deal with it," said Metro Police Cmdr. Jason Reinbold.

Davis is arrested on average more than once a month, and his rap sheet reveals an unstable pattern that includes repeated arrests for public intoxication and stabbings.

"He has no hesitation to approach you and ask you for money. He's very aggressive in nature. He's not scared of anybody and he can be explosively violent at any moment," Reinbold said.

Davis laughed Thursday when he was described in court as a violent person, but he got upset when he was described as constantly drunk.

Officer after officer testified about finding Davis drunk and then being threatened by the man, but Officer Jonathan Frost's story stood out from the crowd.

Frost said he was arresting a different man after he was found hiding marijuana in a Bible. He said that's when Davis walked up and was so mad that anyone would hide marijuana in the Bible that he told the officer he was going to stab the man for treating the Bible wrong.

The officer told Davis to stay away, but then Davis got mad at the officer.

"'What do you mean, Mr. Davis?' He said, 'I'm going to kill you. I'm going to rape your family and stab you to death,'" Frost said.

Davis attorney, David Collins, said his client has been unfairly targeted by police, citing an email that went out to downtown businesses asking them to keep an eye on some of the repeat problems in the area.

"Something like this gets them excited and makes people think there is a Jack the Ripper in downtown Nashville, but that is simply not the case," Collins said. "It's kind of pitiful to come as far as we've come as a society, and the remedy is to put him in a cage. It's not going to change anything."

Police were quick to respond that Davis is no Jack the Ripper, but he should be considered dangerous.

Judge Randal Wyatt on Thursday sentenced Davis to six years in prison.

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