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Man threatens census worker with pickax, Tampa police say

TAMPA — A 65-year-old man threatened a U.S. Census Bureau employee with a pickax, police said.

At about 7 p.m. Monday, census worker Gregory George Sijesta, 52, visited Willie Thigpen's home at 1803 Mulberry St., Apt. A, in Tampa.

Thigpen confronted Sijesta as he tried to take a census report. After Sijesta showed his Census Bureau identification, Thigpen became enraged and got a large pickax from the trunk of his car, according to the Tampa Police Department.

He then threatened Sijesta, who ran and called 911, police said.

Thigpen was arrested Monday night and charged with aggravated battery. He was released Tuesday on $2,000 bail.

Man threatens census worker with pickax, Tampa police say 05/11/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 2:54pm]
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