Spitting-mad crusty gets collared in dogs dust-up

As a Park Enforcement Patrol officer arrested a crusty on Monday, the handcuffed man’s friends vehemently protested, one giving the officer the finger. Photos by Ellen Moynihan

Dogs running off the leash where they shouldn’t on a grass lawn in the northeast section of Washington Square Park around 6:30 p.m. Mon., July 16, brought Park Enforcement Police officers to the area. Four so-called “crusties” — young homeless travelers, apparent dog owners, who frequent the neighborhood — were asked for ID and all but one said they had none.

Police said one of the suspects refused to give his name, denied ownership of the dogs, and then spit in the arresting officer’s face. He was immediately arrested.

The other three yelled at the PEP officers as they were trying to handcuff the spitter, identified as Robert Milburn, 27, who was charged with obstructing government administration.

One woman made certain to call out the names of the officers. Another pointed out that cameras were on the officers, and shouted that she hoped they’d enjoy “being on YouTube tomorrow.”

Police said Milburn had possession of a hypodermic needle when he was arrested.

On Sun., July 15, in another crusty-dog-related incident in Washington Square Park, one of the young travelers harassed a senior after the latter complained about the crusty’s pooch peeing in the fountain. When the senior tried to call 911, the crusty pushed him, ripped his sunglasses off his face and stomped on them, breaking them.


– Albert Amateau and Ellen Moynihan


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8 Responses to Spitting-mad crusty gets collared in dogs dust-up

  1. I LOVE The Villager's coverage of crusty punk shenanigans. I love how it's joyfully and shamelessly biased against these phonies. Crusty punks, or as my wife calls them, "summer campers" (99% of them disappear when it gets cooler) are such phony baloneys. As my mentally ill neighbor said when he saw a pair of them camping out, "GO BACK TO SCARSDALE!"

    • YA WE GO TO WERE ITS WARM DUMB FUCK! NYC is cold durring winter and we are smart and go west for the good weather so get a fucking life.

  2. These people can't take care of themselves and have no business having a dog or cat. I saw 3 of these characters on Wednesday in 96 degree weather under the arch with no water for the animals, the dogs panting, on the hard pavement. They use the dogs for sympathy and money. The animals should be taken away from them. It is sickening to see this every day.

    • I agree when itt comes to certain one but I will tell u some of these animals live better and are shown more love then most dogs in houses

  3. Some of these "crusties" are worse than dogs, I've seen them crapping in ER park when they slept

    • HEY! THAT WAS ME CRAPPING!! DONT YOU HAVE BETTER THINGS TO DO THAN WATCH HOMELESS PEOPLE TAKING A SHIT.??? And besides. Everyone that you see does not come from the same exact circumstances. Several "Crusties" that i know live right here in NYC in their own damn apartments. Some beg for money on the streets, others work for money. Some are in Rock bands and carry guitars some carry syringes. SOme are fake ass Scarsdale Wanna Bees…Others unfortunately are from shitty ass middle american industrial towns where the factories closed down and there is no work,,,Yeah, Its where white babies are walking through syringe infested garbage piles in search of food. (The TV Commercial) What im saying is that you cannot simply put everyone in the same category. The Truth, It all sucks,

  4. This is absurd. A kid would not deny their dog. People constantly make up, or falsify these details when it comes to the homeless youth in nyc. All four of these kids are WONDERFUL dog owners the dogs always have food and water… always before their owners do. So don't bad mouth a situation just because some wanna be journalist tried to hype the details of park officers harassing kids just because they had no real criminals to catch.

  5. Gina/gina/bo/bina


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