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  1. SouthernListen

    SouthernListen I don't follow the crowd. Sorry about that. VIP

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    ‘Free Hugs’ Guy Accused Of Attacking Tourist In Times Square Due In Court
    May 13, 2016 6:59 AM
    Filed Under: Janelle Burrell, Times Square


    Jermaine Himmelstein, known as the “free hugs” guy, is often seen toting a cardboard sign around Times Square offering free hugs.

    But on Thursday afternoon, police said Himmelstein jumped into a picture 22-year-old Canadian tourist Sophie Violene Dauvois was taking, hugged her and then demanded $5.

    Police said he then attacked her when she wouldn’t hand over the cash, punching her in the face.

    Himmelstein ran off but the victim took a photo as evidence and showed it to police, who found him in the area, authorities said. He faces charges of attempted robbery and fraudulent accosting.

    The woman was taken to Mount Sinai West Hospital and was treated for an injury to her eye as well as cuts and bruises.

    Investigators say it’s not the first time he’s pulled this stunt, CBS2’s Janelle Burrell reported.

    “He is no stranger to this,” said NYPD Chief of Department[​IMG] James o’Neill. “He has multiple prior arrests and several were for the same type of offense.”

    The incident comes as city officials are working to get a better handle on the costumed characters and others looking for tips[​IMG] in Times Square, some of whom have allegedly harassed and even hurt unassuming tourists.

    Last month, the City Council approved the creation of a specific zone for the tip seekers, but after Thursday’s confrontation, some believe even more measures need to be taken.

    “Something needs to be done,” said tourist Jennifer Manos. “There needs to be an extra layer of protection[​IMG] or something.”
     
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    Walygatr Well-Known Member

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    Probably a hug and tug gone bad
     
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    Fraudulent Accosting used to be a linemen for the oakland raiders didn't he?
     
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    Those people are so annoying in their dirty party city costumes.

    Then they take their masks off and scare the children into thinking super heroes are all 5ft tall mexicans. :eek: