Cookie Monster Impersonator Arrested For Pushing 2-Year-Old In Times Square

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Apr. 9 2013, Published 1:03 p.m. ET

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A man in a Cookie Monster outfit was arrested in New York's Times Square after a Stamford, Conn. woman complained the Sesame Street-costumed character pushed her 2-year-old son's stroller, causing the toddler to fall on the ground.

The man, a Queens resident named Osvaldo Quiroz-Lopez, 33, heard the charges against him -- endangering the welfare of a child -- during his arraignment on Monday. (He was also charged with aggressive begging in connection with the incident, which occurred Sunday afternoon.)

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"We were walking in his direction, but we did not approach him," Parmita Kurada told WNBC-TV. "We did not speak to him -- he just came and he just picked up Samay and said, 'Come, come, come. Come take a picture with us.'"

When the aggressive Cookie Monster demanded a $2 tip -- and didn't get it -- he went on a profane rant aimed toward she and her children, Kurada said.

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"I cannot even repeat what he was saying," said Kurada. "I've never had anyone say that to me. And worse, was he was cursing at my kids."

Quiroz-Lopez's next court date is scheduled for May 1.



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