Man in ‘Super Mario’ costume busted for groping woman in Times Square

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, December 20, 2012 12:26 EDT
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A man dressed as Nintendo’s “Super Mario” was arrested in New York’s Times Square on Wednesday after a woman claimed the character cornered her and forcibly grabbed her thigh.

It wasn’t actually Nintendo’s “Super Mario,” however: The New York Daily News reported that the man turned out to be 34-year-old Damon Torres, a street performer who works for tips.

The woman told a security guard she’d had a problem with the character before, and the guard reported Torres to police.

Torres also faces a charge relating to possession of marijuana.

Photo: Flickr user Omar Le Fou, creative commons licensed.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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