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.
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.
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