‘Evil Elmo’ Impersonator Charged In Girl Scouts Scam
Dan Sandler is a homeless man who has made a name for himself as “Evil Elmo.” He is known for harassing parents and children while donning an Elmo costume. The Elmo impersonator has had run-ins with the authorities for his behavior in the past, including an anti-Semantic rant in Times Square.
According to the Associated Press, Sandler’s most recent stint involved harassing a Girl Scouts supervisor with threatening voice-mail messages demanding $2 million. Sandler threatened to destroy the company’s reputation with slanderous claims of sexual abuse if the money was not given to him.
Sandler warned, “How you treat me as a person will go a long way in regards to how I treat the Girl Scouts in the press, on the Internet and on u-tube,” authorities claim.
“I want a telecommute job from home of life at 150K,” prosecutors say he wrote in one e-mail. “Or a two million dollar cash settlement. As you know, the newspapers like to cover my evil Elmo scenario.”
Other e-mails included further ramblings as well as a picture of the Elmo costume in the trunk of a car, entitled “Interstate Kidnapping of Elmo.”
Associated Press reports that Sandler pleaded not guilty to attempted grand larceny and a judge ordered him held on $200,000 bail. His defense attorney is fighting for a lower bail under the claim that Sandler suffers from “mental health issues.”