Police: Man Who Smashed 42 LinkNYC Kiosks Apprehended

April 24, 2019 - 7:23 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Police have arrested the man who they say destroyed dozens of LinkNYC kiosks throughout Manhattan.

The kiosks replaced phone booths and provide free WiFi, phone calls and device charging services.

Authorities say Juan Rodriguez, 41, is the man captured on surveillance video throwing bricks or other blunt objects at the digital kiosks between April 16 and 23.

The investigation began on Friday when the NYPD received a complaint saying a rock had been thrown at a kiosk near Union Square.

Officials say that while the glass on the kiosks were shattered, many of the stations still work.

Rodriquez was charged with multiple counts of third degree criminal mischief.