A homeless man with a history of playing an evil version of the "Sesame Street" character Elmo from coast to coast was sentenced to a year in jail on October 9, 2013 for trying to extort $2 million from the Girl Scouts. Dan Sandler was arraigned on attempted grand larceny and other charges and pleaded not guilty. A judge ordered him held on $200,000 bail.
Sandler, 49, was accused in 2012 of going on an anti-Semitic tirade while in a furry red Elmo costume in Times Square, where hustlers often dress up as pop culture characters and try to make a few bucks posing for photos with tourists. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was sentenced to two days of community service.
He left New York and took his Elmo act to San Francisco, where he lived in a car, authorities said. He was arrested there on a warrant in the New York extortion case on May 9, 2013.