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January 10, 1986
Homeless man railroaded?

by Larry Sutton
A homeless man who told reporters that Metro-North police ignored a dying woman's request for help last month was arrested by Metro-North cops on loitering and criminal trespass charges in Grand Central Terminal yesterday.

Manny Rosario, 33, claimed that railroad police roughed him up prior to the arrest and told him, "You're the guy who talks too much, we saw you on TV and in the news." The police denied the claim and said that Rosario was disruptive and yelling obscenities in the terminal.

Other homeless men who frequest the train station said Rosario was not causing a disturbance. They said he was sitting quietly on a bench with them at the time of his arrest.

He knew 'Mama'
Last Christmas a homeless woman known only as "Mama" died of natural causes at Grand Central. Rosario later told reporters that "Mama" had asked him for help the previous evening, and that he in turn asked a Metro-North cop several times to call an ambulance.

Rosario said the cop told him to "get out of here."

Rosario was issued a summons for disorderly conduct and trespassing at 5:30 a.m. yesterday. He was later released from custody, but then was arrested at 1:30 p.m. and charged woith loitering and criminal trespass.

Called an advocate
George McDonald, an advocate for the homeless, said that Rosario called him yesterday morning. "He told me that they (the police) grabbed him and called him names, told him he was a homosexual, and then said 'You're the guy who talks too much, we saw you on TV and in the news,'" McDonald said.

Rosario filed a harassment charge against three Metro-North police officers.

Rosario was taken to the Police Department's Central Booking office for arraignment. He faces up to six months in jail if convicted of criminal trespass.

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