NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Manhattan District Attorney’s is declining to prosecute a Times Square costumed character who allegedly groped a 16-year-old girl’s chest.
Ranulfo Perez, 48, of Passaic, who dresses in a Cookie Monster costume, was arrested Monday, police said.
Perez was accused of pulling the girl into a hug and forcibly touching her Sunday evening, police said.
The District Attorney decided not to prosecute Tuesday.
The bill followed the arrests of several characters. In September, a woman dressed as Elmo was arrested on an aggressive panhandling charge. Days before, two men, one dressed as Batman and another dressed as Spider-Man, were arrested after a brawl with another man, police said.
In August, police distributed fliers to tourists saying tipping was not required when taking photos with the Elmos, Mickey Mouses, SpongeBobs and Statues of Liberty that flock to the area. Many of the people who dress to make ends meet said tipping plummeted.