On Sunday, the man who punched the rookie NYDP officer was speechless in court at his arraignment on felony charges.
Police identified the man as 25-year-old Junior Bishop of Brooklyn and he was charged with assault, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
He attempted to shake down tourists for $10 a picture at about 2 p.m. on Saturday and was caught on camera fighting with Officer Eduardo Molina.
The woman tried to give Bishop $1 for the picture, but he refused and said that he only took $5, $10 or $20 bills.
The police officer approached the woman and said the character works for tips and she could give him anything she wanted.
According to officials, Bishop shouted, “Mind your own f—— business!” at the police officer.
According to prosecutor Samantha Schlott, “He punched an officer in the face and body when [the officer] tried to give him a summons”.
Other officers keeping the popular tourist spot safe grabbed Bishop, said the authorities. The injured cop suffered a swollen eye and a cut.
A witness said, “From what I saw, it was Spider-Man’s fault. He grabbed the cop, and then I saw him swing and hit him in the face. The cop had to go to the hospital. Nobody expected that”.
Judge Ruth Pickholz set Bishop’s bail at $3,500, which his defense lawyer Eric Schlosser said his family can’t pay.
Law enforcement sources said that he was taken into custody 7 times before and he refused to be fingerprinted while in custody at the Midtown South precinct.
“F—k that!” he shouted at police when they attempted to print him.
Bishop’s criminal record includes assault for punching a woman in the face last year in Brownsville and aggressive panhandling in April, when he was also caught with a knife. He was waving a knife around on a crowded subway.
On 20th of June, Moussa Rabaoui of Queens grabbed a woman’s breasts and buttocks as he put his arm around her on Broadway near W. 42nd St. and 36-year-old Philip Williams was acquitted of hitting a young mother who stiffed him on a tip back in February 2013 but was convicted of harassment. Other than that, a “Toy Story” Woody whose real name is 44-year-old Jose Vasquez was taken into custody after groping a woman in January, according to the police officers.
Many complaints that the characters harass people for tips, 2 individuals decked out as the Statue of Liberty even tried to deck one another, said by the Times Square Alliance.
Saturday’s attack happened 9 days after NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton backed a legislative struggle to have Times Square performers who pose for pictures and collect tips register with the city.
Bartoon said, “The tools we have to work with which is the law are very limited. At the present time there is no restriction on anybody putting on a costume and standing on Times Square”.