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Times Square ‘Cookie Monster’ Character Accused Of Groping Teen

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posted on Apr, 14 2015 @ 10:35 AM

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The man behind a Times Square costumed character is under arrest for allegedly groping a 16-year-old girl’s chest.
Ranulfo Perez, 48, of Passaic, who dresses in a Cookie Monster costume, was arrested Monday, police said.
Perez is accused of pulling the girl into a hug and forcibly touching her Sunday evening, police said.
Last year, reports of misbehaving costumed characters prompted numerous calls for regulation.
In November, the City Council held a hearing on a proposal to regulate costumed characters in Times Square, which would require they be licensed and pass background checks.
The bill followed the arrests of several characters. In September, a woman dressed as Elmo was arrested on an aggressive panhandling charge. Days before, two men, one dressed as Batman and another dressed as Spider-Man, were arrested after a brawl with another man, police said.
Other incidents included a Spider-Man allegedly punching a cop, an Elmo being arrested for allegedly harassing people and yelling anti-Semitic slurs and a “Toy Story” Woody allegedly groping women.
In August, police distributed fliers to tourists saying tipping was not required when taking photos with the Elmos, Mickey Mouses, SpongeBobs and Statues of Liberty that flock to the area. Many of the people who dress to make ends meet said tipping plummeted.

When you cannot trust Cookie monster, things have plummeted to the bottom. I can fully see Spiderman punching a cop, but this......makes me sad.

and for the Limp Bizcuit fans:

posted on Apr, 14 2015 @ 10:46 AM
The take-away here is to never let your children around a grown man that dresses up like a fictional character on any day other than halloween. Sorry cosplay guy. You're probably a good person, but you're not getting close to my kids.

posted on Apr, 14 2015 @ 10:51 AM
Despite the seriousness of some of the allegations I found myself laughing at the quote.

Elmo the anti-Semitic Sesame Street character.

And the groper was "Woody" from Toy story !

I'm sorry but that's funny because you can't make crap like that up.

edit on 14-4-2015 by Greathouse because: (no reason given)

posted on Apr, 14 2015 @ 11:50 AM
Halloween or Disneyland... but what about Las Vegas?

Plenty of bad stuff happens to costumed people on the Strip in Las Vegas... Woody from "Toy Story" had his head knocked off. Luigi, of Super Mario Bros. fame, was tackled recently. Someone picked up Hello Kitty's bucket of tips and poured the money over his own head.

Hello Kitty, played by Manuel from Los Angeles, has been working the Strip for the past three months. He declined to give his last name because his student visa expired years ago and he's afraid of being deported.

"This is a dangerous job because you don't know who you're dealing with," Manuel says.

He started performing his cat routine on the streets of Hollywood more than a year ago. Then he, along with several other costumed characters, was arrested last summer for aggressive panhandling, he says. Several of them decided to try their luck here because they heard that there were more tourists in Las Vegas, says Manuel, who took to the costumed life after he was laid off from his manager job at El Pollo Loco.

edit on 14-4-2015 by wasaka because: (no reason given)

posted on Apr, 14 2015 @ 12:00 PM
a reply to: wasaka

I guess if you cannot make it at the Crazy Chicken, then dressing up as Hello Kitty is the only logical choice.

posted on Apr, 14 2015 @ 12:02 PM

posted on Apr, 14 2015 @ 01:33 PM

originally posted by: network dude
a reply to: wasaka

I guess if you cannot make it at the Crazy Chicken, then dressing up as Hello Kitty is the only logical choice.

LOL - I knew there was a joke in there somewhere.
Thanks for diggin' it out!

posted on Apr, 14 2015 @ 01:42 PM
That's a cute cookie!!!

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