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Man in fake body armor busted on Lower East Side on charge of menacing NYC pedestrian

It wouldn’t have stopped a bullet — but it got him stopped by cops.

A man wearing fake body armor was busted in lower Manhattan on Friday after what a witness described as a road-rage incident on Norfolk St. near Rivington St. on the Lower East Side.

The man with the fake body armor was driving a green Land Rover north on Norfolk when he got into an argument with a pedestrian who complained about the loud music he was playing, said police.

“He pulled up a little too close to the guy who was crossing,” said a worker from a nearby apartment building, who wished to remain anonymous.

The Land Rover’s driver rolled down the window, said the building worker. “The guy [pedestrian] said he [the driver] pointed a gun at him and said ‘Keep walking!’” the worker said.

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The pedestrian called 911, the worker said. “He was in shock,” the witness said. “Who expects someone to pull a gun on them when they’re crossing the street?”

The motorist drove off, and parked the Land Rover a few blocks away, on Stanton St. near Orchard St., police said.

Officers began looking for the man, described by a 911 caller as armed and wearing body armor.

When cops found the Land Rover parked on Orchard St., they waited there for the man to return.

NYPD officers on Friday arrested a man on a charge of menacing a pedestrian on the Lower East Side. His body armor was fake, said cops.

At about 1:10 p.m. the man returned to his car and NYPD officers arrested him on a charge of menacing, said police.

No gun was found on the man, and the fake body armor was probably some kind of fashion statement, police said.

With Emma Seiwell

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