Yet another Times Square Elmo character was arrested in Times Square on Tuesday, this time by 10 plainclothes police officers, The New York Post reports. Rosa Sanchez, 36, was approached by the officers–who were all posing as tourists–at around 3.30pm and was subsequently arrested after she forcefully expressed her dissatisfaction with their tip. Ms. Sanchez was charged with aggressive solicitation, which includes intimidating tourists into posing or demanding money in return.
But somewhere between handcuffing Ms. Sanchez, who was still in costume, and searching her at the station house, one officer deemed it appropriate to take a picture of her in handcuffs and tweet it from the NYPD Midtown South’s Twitter account.
It is no surprise that NYPD are cracking down on Times Square characters. A bill was introduced to City Council on September 10 that, if passed, will require all costumed figures to pay a registration fee of $175, carry photo ID and pass a background check. However, after a terrible first attempt at Twitter, certain precinct chiefs have been enrolled in classes on how to properly use social media. Earlier in September, the Post quoted one source saying, “They want us to put info like street closures or bus diversions because of a street fair.”
Perhaps bragging about arresting a woman dressed as a children’s television character isn’t exactly what they had in mind.