Man arrested in vandalism of 42 LinkNYC kiosks

David Caplan
April 24, 2019 - 7:30 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A Manhattan man has been arrested for vandalizing 42 LinkNYC kiosks in the West Village and Chelsea, the NYPD announced early Thursday night.

Juan Rodriguez, 41, was charged with multiple counts of third-degree criminal mischief. 

He was allegedly captured on surveillance camera throwing bricks or other blunt objects at the kiosks, between April 16 and April 23. 

A LinkNYC spokesperson said last week, "LinkNYC provides a valuable public service to many of the city's most vulnerable. The most dialed number using the tablet phone app is the EBT customer service line; and in a recent survey of LinkNYC users, 15% of respondents from New York said it is their only high speed internet connection. That number goes up to 29% in some areas of the city. When people vandalize Links, they impede on its ability to fund and deliver these services."

There are more than 1,000 kiosks across the five boroughs. 

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