SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - A homeless man was found with $800 in cash after Slidell police arrested him for public drunkenness and urinating in public.
On May 21, 59-year-old Franklin Jones was panhandling at the intersection of Gause and I-10, where police say he had been doing so for more than a year. At some point, police say Jones became intoxicated and stumbled into the roadway, stole a shopping cart from a nearby store and urinated on the side of the road in front of several people.
A woman with her children in tow saw Jones and called police.
FOX 8 learned of Jones' arrest in a lengthy Slidell Police Department Facebook post on the problem of homelessness and panhandling. You can read the post here.
We have a call into the department to find out if Jones remains jailed, but have not yet heard back. Police say he was allowed to keep his $800.