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Times Square Spider-Man Accused of Grabbing Boy Who Didn't Tip

When the boy began walking away, an officer on patrol saw Spider-Man grab the child and refuse to release him.

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    NYPD: Spider-Man Grabbed Boy in Aggressive Panhandling

    Police say a costumed Spider-Man in Times Square was arrested Tuesday morning, accused of grabbing and roughly handling a boy when he walked away without tipping him for a posed photo. Checkey Beckford reports. (Published Wednesday, March 2, 2016)

    A costumed Spider-Man was arrested in Times Square Tuesday morning, accused of grabbing and roughly handling a boy when he walked away without tipping him for a posed photo, police say. 

    Police said the 13-year-old boy took a photo with the costumed character at about 11:30 a.m. at West 46th Street and Broadway.

    When the boy began walking away, a cop saw Spider-Man grab the child and refuse to release him, according to a complaint.

    The character demanded money while holding the child between him and the child's father, the complaint said. 

    The father told police he felt intimidated. 

    The 29-year-old Passaic man in the costume was issued a summons for aggressive panhandling.

    The arrest comes weeks after people dressed in Minnie Mouse, Cookie Monster and Olaf costumes were arrested in Times Square after they allegedly blocked a man's path and insisted he pay them. 

    Aggressive panhandling and sexual harassment by costumed characters in Times Square has long been a problem. Elected officials and The Times Square Alliance have called for regulating the characters.

    Mayor de Blasio last year commissioned a task force to explore possible solutions. The group submitted several proposals in October. In the meantime, plainclothes NYPD officers have been patrolling the square to combat aggressive characters.