Subway perv identified?

The cops have received numerous tips identifying a New York restaurant owner as the subway flasher caught on camera that I mentioned yesterday.

The restaurant, called Quintessence, has the owner's picture on its web site.

At this point, it's not certain that this is the guy. But based on the comments from his partner /ex-wife ("It's not proven yet," not "This must be a mistake; he could never do this"), his failure to respond to inquiries, and the fact that the Daily News' lawyers are comfortable with publicly identifying him, it doesn't look good for him.

If you go to Quintessence, avoid the tapioca.

UPDATE: Hoyt's been in similar trouble before. From the NY Daily News:

Hoyt, 43, was arrested in 1994 and charged with public lewdness after he unzipped and flashed a victim at what was then the N platform at Manhattan's Eighth St. subway station, sources said.

He eventually pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was sentenced to two days of community service.

Several other more recent victims have come forward as well. Still want to support his restaurant, Tim?

And many European commenters seem to think that public masturbation isn't the real crime here; the real crime is prudish Americans hassling the guy. My favorite response is from Jay:

Wait, wait, I could live in a welfare state AND masturbate on the subway? What the hell am I still doing here?

I've been going around calling myself a "radical libertarian," and now I'm opposed to public masturbation??? I hope that doesn't make me part of the religious right or something!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What’s with racking this guy over the coals. All we know is the one thing this guy did that made him the biggest piece of shit on earth. I know many people with less than desirable fetishes and they function daily without public scrutiny. I also know people who treat others viciously like shit all day long, and cause way more damage than our favorite wanker. From all the bloggs and all the opportunities for victims to speak up, I can’t see that this guy has ever touched anyone, cornered anyone, forced anyone to do anything. He has never been accused of cat calling, blurting rude comments, sexually harassing anyone or even being a womanizer. As far as I can see except for offering a free show (viewing optional) he is more well behaved than your average Joe. Men are pigs yes but shit man, leave this poor guy alone or burn us all.

Happy Super Tuesday!