'Spider-Man' in Times Square accused of holding teen until he was paid for photo

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

TIMES SQUARE, Manhattan (WABC) -- A man in a Spider-Man suit was arrested in Times Square, accused of holding onto a teenage boy until his parents paid the character money.

At 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, at the corner of West 46 Street and Broadway, police arrested Jose Luis Aguin, 29, and charged him with aggressive panhandling.

Police said Aguin was wearing a Spider-Man costume when he solicited a 13-year-old boy for a photo, then demanded $10 from the boy's parent.

Aguin, of Passaic, N.J., refused to let the boy go until payment was made, according to the New York City Police Department.