Cookie Monster commutes from Queens

Cookie Monster commutes from Queens
By Joe Anuta

The costumed Cookie Monster who allegedly shoved a toddler in Manhattan over the weekend hails from Hillcrest, police said.

Osvaldo Quiroz-Lopez, 33, lists his home address as an apartment near the corner of Hillside Avenue and 165th Street. He was charged Sunday in Times Square with lashing out at a 2-year-old after hounding the tot’s mother for cash in Times Square, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Manhattan district attorney’s office.

Quiroz-Lopez was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangerment and aggressive begging in a public place, the DA said.

The distraught mother, who the New York Post identified as Bollywood actress Parmita Katkar, told police that after snapping a photo of her son Samay with the Sesame Street personality — one of many who hang out in the popular tourist spot in hopes of charging for photo ops — Quiroz-Lopez followed her for a minute demanding money, according to the complaint. When she didn’t pay, Quiroz-Lopez allegedly said — “You are a bitch, your son is a bastard, and your stuff is trash,” the complaint said.

The Post reported that her husband was at an ATM getting cash and reported the incidents to nearby officers after finding his distressed wife and child.

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