Police Officer Helps Panhandling New Mexico Couple

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A police officer out of Albuquerque, N.M., got more than he bargained for after responding to a squad call. Instead of making an arrest, he actually helped the panhandling culprits.

Officer Luis Hernandez, with the Albuquerque Police Department, rushed to the scene after someone reported a couple panhandling at a bus stop, with their 2-year-old baby.

The couple was begging for money to buy a bus ticket. Their baby had recently had heart surgery in Colorado, and the family needed to return for a follow-up appointment.

"I have a child that was recently diagnosed with epilepsy and I know how hard it can be when you have to deal with medications and additional care," Officer Hernandez said. "It puts a burden on the family and that's the spot that they were in."

Hernandez bought the last ticket the family needed. He said it was his chance to give back.


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