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Elmo Delivers Beatdown After Unprovoked Attack

Elmo Delivers Beatdown After Unprovoked Attack

A girl gestures to Sesame Street character Elmo at a shopping center in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, June 27, 2010. [AP]

Associated Press

September 27, 2010

WINTER PARK, FL – Police in Winter Park said a man dressed as Elmo was attacked at a local music store on Saturday afternoon by a man who believed the Sesame Street character was a threat to him.

According to Winter Park police Lt. Wayne Farrell, the man had been hired to wear the Elmo suit for an event at Winter Park Village, and was on his break when the attack occurred at the Guitar Center on Orlando Avenue at about 3 p.m.

“He just wandered into the Guitar Center to look at instruments,” Farrell said. That’s when police say a man, who they said felt “threatened” by the Sesame Street star, attacked.

Farrell said the attack was “unprovoked.”

“He immediately thought (the man dressed as Elmo) was a threat,” Farrell said. Farrell called the ensuing struggle a “very physical fight,” with multiple punches thrown.

“Elmo got the best of the guy,” Farrell said. “He broke two of his fingers.”

Police took the assailant to a local hospital, where Farrell said he will be temporarily detained for mental health evaluation.

And though he was the victim of the attack, police said the man dressed as the loveable children’s character emerged unscathed.

“Elmo was unhurt,” Farrell said.

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