Mike koozmin/S.f. Examiner file photoAdam Sandler

Evil Elmo has bail lowered after alleged store threat

A San Francisco Superior Court judge lowered the bail Thursday for a Fisherman's Wharf street performer with a history of questionable behavior who allegedly threatened to kill a female shopkeeper while dressed as the “Sesame Street” character Elmo.

Adam Sandler, who is also known by the name Daniel Sandler and has been referred to as Bad Elmo and Evil Elmo in the media, was arrested Oct. 24 after he allegedly threatened a shopkeeper who put a sign in her store window stating that the man dressed as Elmo was not an employee of her store.

When the woman refused to take the sign down, Sandler allegedly threatened to rip the woman's throat out, according to Karen Catalona, an assistant district attorney who works on the District Attorney's Office Neighborhood Prosecutors team.

Sandler, a heavyset white man with brown-and-gray hair that falls past his chin, arrived in a courtroom at the Hall of Justice on Thursday in an orange prison uniform.

He has been in custody since his arrest, with bail initially set at $250,000.

Superior Court Judge Tracie L. Brown lowered his bail to $150,000 after hearing comments regarding the case from the defendant's attorney Rafael Trujillo and Assistant District Attorney Catalona.

Catalona said many businesses have provided statements about Sandler's problematic, if not illegal, behavior exhibited during his time working at Fisherman's Wharf.

Those statements allege that Sandler yells at tourists who take his photo without tipping him, that he falsely claims to work at stores at Fisherman's Wharf, and that he intimidates merchants, employees and tourists with offensive rants.

Trujillo and Catalona confirmed that Sandler has been living in a van near Stern Grove in the Sunset for the past eight months and that he lives a transient lifestyle, often traveling between Los Angeles, Hawaii and San Francisco.

Sandler's father, who resides in Ashland, Ore., has offered to pay the expenses to place Sandler in a treatment facility in that state, Trujillo said.

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