‘Squirrel Man’ Busted By Cops Again After Trying To Create ‘Nest’ In Tree

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The New York City homeless man nicknamed “Squirrel Man” was taken away by cops Wednesday after trying to rebuild his “nest” in a tree after he had previously been arrested for allegedly attacking New York Post reporters.

Forty-four year-old Rewell Altunaga allegedly bashed a New York Post reporter Sunday with a large branch in the face near 147th Street in Upper Manhattan, but was set free with no bail by Tuesday on a charge of assault and criminal mischief, according to the New York Post. He also allegedly struck a photographer for the Post with a rucksack full of his belongings.

After being set free, Squirrel Man went right back to building a nest but was apprehended by police, taken to the hospital and his quarters were dismantled.  (RELATED: Amid Soaring Crime Rate, NYC Mayor Urges Residents To Eat Plant-Based Diet, Compares Cheese To Heroin)

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has faced criticism in the past for maintaining a soft on crime approach by both sides of the political spectrum. (RELATED: Manhattan DA Reverses Policies Amid Backlash Over ‘Soft On Crime’ Approach)

Squirrel Man reportedly called the nest in the park home for as long as three months and evoked a flurry of complaints, according to the Post.