A Florida man working as a street magician was arrested Sunday for trying to pull off a womanâ€™s bikini bottoms instead of a scarf in his hand.
Richard Cook was performing street magic on the sidewalk on Sunday at around 8 p.m. when the incident unfolded.
He’d been doing a trick where he tries to make a scarf disappear from his hand, when he asked for a volunteer from the small crowd who’d gather. The victim came forward.
He told her to keep both of her hands out in front of her. He then reached down and pulled her bikini bottoms out from her hip.
She was able to grab them in time to avoid being exposed in public, and told him she wasn’t comfortable doing the trick anymore.
He told her you will feel comfortable,â€ before pulling her bikini bottoms out yet again.
She then ran off and told the first cop she saw.
He has an extensive criminal history and has been in the state prison system six times for convictions out of four counties.
This incident made for a charge of felony battery.
He’s being held at the Pinellas County Jail on a $2,500 bond.