All Mark Walters wanted to do was enjoy the free time he had during his business trip to New York City. Do all the touristy stuff he'd never had a chance to get to during previous visits. Check out the Statue of Liberty. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride around Central Park. Go to the observation desk at the top of the Empire State Building. Wait in line for tickets to a show at TKTS. And, of course, mix and mingle with the street performers in Times Square. Get some pictures with all the greats-- Elmo, The Naked Cowboy, and those topless chicks he kept hearing about. Maybe crack a joke like, "Wanna go back to my place and slip into something more comfortable?" Then head back to Charlotte and post some pics of Facebook in an album titled "NYC 2015". Unfortunately, things didn't exactly pan out as Walters had hoped.
Mark Walters, 46, of Charlotte, NC, posed for a photo with two of the painted ladies — Lourdes Carrasquillo, 32, and 20-year-old Maria Ruiz — with one on each of his arms, at West 44th Street and Broadway around 9:30 p.m., according to cops. Walters realized his wallet was missing from his back pants pocket when he tried to tip them and then accused Carrasquillo of swiping his wallet. “He turns to one of the women and says, ‘Where’s my wallet? You took my wallet?’” a law enforcement source said. When Carrasquillo went to walk away, Walters allegedly grabbed her by her ponytail, pulling her to the ground, sources said. At that point, Ruiz tried to intervene and Walters allegedly elbowed her in the right side of her face, causing pain to her ear, sources said...
Walters was slapped with two charges of assault. He was taken to the Midtown South Precinct and was awaiting arraignment Thursday. Ruiz was treated for minor injuries at St. Luke’s Hospital. Cops found no evidence to support Walters’ claim that the desnudas swiped his wallet. “The arrested officer was right on it when it happened and did not find any wallet on the girls,” the source said. Walters, whose LinkedIn page says he works as a technology business executive for Bank of America, was supposed to go back home to Charlotte on Thursday, sources said. “Obviously that’s not happening,” the source added.
May the next trip go off without a hitch.