Elmo arrested in Time Square


Aggressive Panhandling is the charge: costumed characters pose for photos then threaten tourists–or police pretending to be tourists, as the case may be.

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The New York Post reports on the sting:

Rosa Sanchez, 36, was busted after 10 plainclothes cops posing as tourists took photos with her Tuesday during a sting, according to law-enforcement sources.
The Elmo was arrested at about 3:30 p.m. after she allegedly became aggressive over a tip she was unhappy with.