Take a visit to New York City's Times Square, and you will find every character under the sun, from Mickey Mouse to a space creature from “Alien.” But cross one of the costumed impersonators, and you may just find yourself a victim of assault.
Thirty-three-year-old Cookie Monster impersonator Osvaldo Quiroz-Lopez was arrested Sunday after allegedly pushing an unidentified 2-year-old customer to the ground in Times Square.
The New York Post reported that the entertainer assaulted the young boy after his mother refused to tip him after he posed for a picture with the “Sesame Street” character.
The New York Daily News reported Monday that the Mexico native demanded a $2 tip from the child’s mother, cursing at her and pushing the child to the ground after she refused.
Quiroz-Lopez was arrested around 2 p.m. following the incident and was charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.
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This isn’t the first time a Times Square impersonator has been accused of a similar crime. In February, a man dressed as superhero Spider-Man in tribute to Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” allegedly assaulted a woman for not tipping him.
The Mail reported that the 35-year-old impersonator Philip Williams punched the unidentified 44-year-old victim and called her “crap” after she informed him she didn’t have any cash.
In 2012, a fellow “Sesame Street” impersonator dressed up as Elmo was arrested after spewing racist rants in between posing with children.
“He would stop and say that we were all illegal immigrants and that people shouldn’t have their photos taken with us,” Luis, a 25-year-old Peruvian immigrant, told the New York Times.