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Cookie Monster accused of shoving toddler in New York

A man dressed as the Sesame Street character allegedly became aggressive in Times Square.

File photo of Sesame Street characters in Times Square
File photo of Sesame Street characters in Times Square

A MAN DRESSED as the Cookie Monster has been accused of shoving a 2-year-old in New York’s Times Square and has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Queens resident Osvaldo Quiroz-Lopez was arrested on Sunday afternoon and was arraigned yesterday on charges including aggressive begging.

He didn’t enter a plea.

A Connecticut family posed for a photo with the man dressed as the “Sesame Street” character. Police say he demanded $2 but the family refused to pay. A criminal complaint says the man shoved the toddler and yelled obscenities at the family.

Quiroz-Lopez has no prior arrests. His lawyer hasn’t returned a message seeking comment.

In December, a performer dressed as a Super Mario Brother was accused of groping a woman in Times Square. His case is pending.

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