Anti-Jewish Elmo character arrested after attempted $2 million extortion from Girl ScoutsBy Mason White 2:28 PM June 9, 2013
|Anti-Jewish Elmo under arrest in New York|
By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with extortion related charges after attempting to extort $2 million from The Girl Scouts, according to a statement released by the New York Police Department.
The former New York City street performer, known for engaging in anti-Jewish diatribes while dressed as the Sesame Street character Elmo in Times Square, was arrested after he tried to extort $2 million from the Girl Scouts, prosecutors said.
Dan Sandler was taken into custody last week and brought before a Manhattan Supreme Court after being charged with attempted grand larceny, aggravated harassment and stalking.
Sandler, 49, is accused of contacting Girl Scouts staff in emails beginning in July 2012, the Manhattan district attorney, said.
“He has a questionable mental state,” his Attorney, Lauren Littman said. “He is erratic. He lives in a car.”
Sandler was previously arrested for blocking traffic and resisting arrest. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was sentenced to community service.
“The Jews are responsible for all that is evil in the world I hate the Jews!” he told people on Manhattan’s streets.
His lawyer also suggested that his anti-Jewish comments are not an indication of his true feelings.
“He is Jewish himself,” his lawyer said.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Robert Stolz set bail at $200,000.
Stolz also ordered Sandler to stay away from two Girls Scouts employees, who were victimized by Sandler.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view