NEW YORK – A street vendor arrested after a parked van caused a bomb scare in Times Square denies forging the vehicle's registration and other charges.
A defense lawyer told the Daily News Friday that 36-year-old George Freyre doesn't even own the van. Prosecutors say he told police it was his.
Authorities shut down part of the tourist hub for hours Wednesday after realizing the van had been parked for two days with blacked-out windows and no license plates. It contained only clothes and a peddler's stand.
Freyre, who lives in nearby New Jersey, was released without bail after his arraignment Friday. He also is charged with using a bogus law enforcement parking placard.
Defense lawyer Bruce Wenger says Freyre turned himself in to police only because "they were looking for him."