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Friday December 21, 2012

LATINO BLOTTER: Times Square ‘Mario’ Arrested For Groping Woman

LATINO BLOTTER: Times Square ‘Mario’ Arrested For Groping Woman

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New York’s Time Square was the site of an alleged groping of a woman who said the assailant was Super Mario, or more specifically, a man in a Super Mario costume.

At around 5 p.m. on Wednesday, a 58-year-old woman told security guards with Times Square Alliance that she was walking past the Conde Nast building on West 42nd St. when someone dressed as the videogame hero Mario inappropriately touched her by grabbing her thigh and slid his hand up further up her leg. Interestingly, the woman said she had had “similar encounters with the character,” and was “offended.”

After speaking with the woman, the security guards contacted police who arrived shortly thereafter.

Characters like Mario and Luigi are a regular site in Times Square, as they walk the streets offering to pose for photos with tourists and charges

When police located the alleged groper he was identify as 34-year-old Damon Torres. The New Jersey resident was arrested and taken to Midtown South Precinct Wednesday night. He’s been charged with forcible touching and unlawful possession of marijuana.