"The man known to those around Tompkins Square Park as L.E.S. Jewels has become, through his belligerent antics and affection for cameras, a rather notorious, high-profile figure. Look him up on the Internet and you will find a bevy of articles quoting him, not to mention two YouTube videos. Jewels has been a regular on 'Crusty Row' — the section of park benches favored by homeless and traveling punks — for two decades. Some have criticized his love for attention and the newspaper articles they feel give him too much of that attention. This is one of those articles...."*
“‘Jewels is out of control,’ Theo said. ‘I’ve called the cops on him plenty of times. He comes around f--ked up, drunk and says some things that make the customers really uncomfortable. He should be sent somewhere, he shouldn’t be on the street, especially with all these kids around.’
… ‘Last week, he took a s--t on the bench next to the children’s playground. The cops came and he pulled his pants down and he didn’t get arrested for either incident.’
Penley described a rash of incidents in recent weeks where Jewels, dangerously drunk, has become impossible to deal with. While these ranged from the nauseating (passing out covered in his own feces in front of Ray’s Candy Shop) to the comical (frequent nudity, often upon sight of the police), his behavior also extended to the harmful.
‘Last week, he hit a guy who had just come out of a coma in the head with his cane,’ Penley said. ‘He could have killed him.’”*
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