Friday, July 27, 2012

Brooklyn: The black man who became an overnight success selling locks for McCarren Pool's lockers has been arrested for vending without a license — and police discovered a history of 40 past arrests for charges including sodomy, public lewdness and grand larceny

Angel Wilburn — known as "Lock Man" after he bragged that he sold about 50 locks to swimmers daily — was arrested near the pool after a woman told cops that she had an order of protection against him. Police then checked his extensive history of arrests. "All we arrested him for was for being an unlicensed general vendor," said a police source. "He wasn't violating his order of protection against her since it's a public place." But the source added, "This guy raised a lot of red flags. He's got a huge record of minor sex crimes and here he is outside of the pool." Wilburn, 49, has been in prison three times — twice for grand larceny and attempted robbery and once for drug possession, records show — and he has been charged with public lewdness 14 times and has multiple orders of protection filed against him by women, police sources said. In Brooklyn, Wilburn has pleaded guilty to public lewdness three times — in 2005, 2007, and 2008 — and to petit larceny in 2010, officials said. He has two other outstanding cases in Brooklyn, one for petit larceny, attempted distribution of indecent materials to minors and public lewdness, and another for public urination, according to court records. Wilburn was held overnight at Brooklyn Central Booking and awaited arraignment at Brooklyn Criminal Court, officials said.

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