NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The NYPD had an impromptu meeting with costumed characters in Times Square Wednesday night.

About 10 characters attended the meeting on the Times Square steps, where the groups tried to smooth things out after several recent incidents landed an Elmo, Spider-Man and Batman in handcuffs.

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The meeting was seen as a way to begin a dialogue between the characters and NYPD.

he NYPD Midtown South Precinct on Tuesday released a tweet showing a woman dressed as Elmo in handcuffs. Except for her head, she was still in the costume depicting the red, furry “Sesame Street” monster.

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Times Square Elmo Arrest

A woman dressed as Elmo is shown in handcuffs, after being arrested for allegedly aggressively seeking tips in Times Square. (Credit: NYPD)

Police told CBS 2 the woman was arrested after reports that she was aggressively demanding tips from people. Charges were pending Tuesday night.

This was the second time in three days that costumed characters in Times Square made headlines for less-than-flattering reasons.

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