A man masquerading as Sesame Street‘s Cookie Monster is facing charges after an altercation in New York.
The man — 33-year-old Osvaldo Quiroz-Lopez — faces charge of reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child, The New York Post is reporting.
While the child and his mother — actress Parmita Katkar — were out on a walk in New York, she was approached by several people dressed in various costumes. The performers allow pictures to be taken with children and tourists in return for tips.
Karkat claims that Quiroz-Lopez took her 2-year-old son out of his stroller without her permission and asked her to take a picture. After she did, she alleges that he demanded $2 and that he pushed her son to the ground when she was slow to pay.
The street performers are becoming more aggressive. Once thought to be a part of the neighborhood, police say complaints are rising.
“They’ve always been a problem, [but] now, they’re becoming a real pain in the butt,” a police source told the New York Post. “These people are scam artists.”
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