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A man dressed as Nintendo’s mascot Mario has been arrested in New York for groping a woman.
The NYPD tells the Associated Press that 34-year-old Damon Torres of North Bergen, New Jersey was charged with forcible touching on Wednesday after he blocked a 58-year-old woman's path in the tourist-heavy zone and grabbed her thigh before walking away. He was also charged with possession of marijuana.
"He walked up to her and touched her private parts," a Times Square Alliance security guard to whom the woman reported the incident told the New York Daily News. “She said she had similar encounters with the character. She said she was offended."
Within minutes, the police arrived and arrested Torres -- in full Mario costume.
Torres is one of several Marios who work in the area, posing for pictures with tourists alongside poor parodies of Mickey Mouse, Elmo and other characters.
A year ago, New York police targeted the people in those costumes for citations, but later backed off, allowing the 'characters' to pose with people and accept tips. (If you hadn't guessed, Nintendo, Disney and the other rights holders of the characters aren't formally associated with this activity.)
Mario's not the first character to cause a stir in Times Square. A few months ago, a performer dressed as Elmo was arrested for launching into an anti-Semitic rant while in costume.
That person, Adam Sandler (no… not THAT Adam Sandler), has since moved out to San Francisco, California, where he's still dressing as Elmo for the locals and claims to be "raking it in."
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