The deranged man caught on digital camera stalking a gaggle of musicians via Times Square with a knife was granted supervised launch by a Manhattan decide on Thursday night.
Prosecutors beneficial the discharge of 22-year-old Deqon Massiah.
The decide agreed to launch the suspect however mentioned that the “highest degree of monitoring is acceptable.”
Massiah appeared in court docket carrying the identical pink shirt with the phrase “sly” on the again that he had donned when an alert photographer snapped his photo Wednesday.
The suspect was clutching a blade as he snuck up behind the performers on the Crossroads of the World.
At one level he put his left hand on the shoulder of a member of the unsuspecting troupe whereas holding the knife in his proper hand.
The second was captured by the eye of photographer Richard Moore.
Moore, who started snapping pics, advised The Submit he first noticed the unhinged suspect standing on a granite bench flashing the weapon and screaming on Broadway between West forty third and forty fourth streets round 10 a.m.
Moore’s pictures present Massiah holding the six-inch blade as he walked up behind the performer.
“I believed, ‘Oh, this isn’t superb,” Moore mentioned Wednesday.
“I observed he had this knife in a single hand and he bought shut sufficient to one of many musicians to place his different hand on the musician’s shoulder.”
Massiah retreated again to the bench however Moore felt it prudent to name 911.
Cops confirmed up 12 minutes later, got here up behind the maniac and took him into custody.
Throughout his arrest, prosecutors mentioned Massiah advised the officers, ”Get the f– off me, they had been coming after us.”
He’s charged with menacing, harassment and legal possession of a weapon, police mentioned.
Massiah has no legal historical past in New York, however is on probation for a intercourse offender case in Georgia.