‘Cookie Monster’ arrested in Times Square for assaulting toddler

Posted at 4:33 PM, Apr 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-08 16:36:04-04

A man dressed as Cookie Monster was arrested after police say he shoved a 2-year-old in Times Square. On Sunday, Osvaldo Quiroz-Lopez, of Queens, was dressed as the Sesame Street character, posing with tourists for photographs. He was approached by a man visiting from Connecticut, according to police, and Quiroz-Lopez posed with the man and his family for a photo — after which he demanded $2. Outrage after ‘Cookie Monster’ allegedly attacks toddler in Times Square The family refused, and Quiroz-Lopez shoved the toddler, the parents later told police. The street performer has no arrest record and was waiting to be arraigned Monday. It’s not the only problem police in Times Square have had with street performers recently, a woman reported being groped by a person in a Super Mario costume in December. After that reported attack, Councilman Peter Vallone spoke out saying, “This is a growing situation now, perhaps we do need to take a look at a special license for these type of street performers who are actually asking for money so we can do background checks.”