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'Cookie Monster' impersonator accused of accosting child is arrested in New York


Sesame Street characters Cookie Monster, Ernie (center) and Bert (behind) at the fifth anniversary of Hollywood theme park Universal Studios Japan in Osaka.


Yoshikazu Tsuno

A man in a "Cookie Monster" costume allegedly shoved a two-year-old child and shouted obscenities in Times Square on Sunday, leading to his arrest, reported The New York Post, explaining that "C is for cookie — and for criminal charges."

Osvaldo Quiroz-Lopez, 33, was taken into custody on Sunday on several charges, among them hostile begging, said the Associated Press.

Police said the man, a Mexican native who did not enter a plea after being arrested, asked a Connecticut family to pose for a picture and then tried to get them to pay two dollars for it. He was reportedly enraged when the family refused, said AP

The Cookie Monster stunt is the latest in a string of similar attempts on the part of costumed characters aiming for paid photo ops in tourist-heavy New York City, said the International Business Times