A Walk in the Park:
A team of illegal ticket sellers has been preying on unsuspecting tourists for years, NYC Park Advocates has learned.
The ticket scalpers are working in some of the most heavily visited downtown tourist destinations - Statue of Liberty, Staten Island Ferry, and Pier 15, (South Street Seaport)
The unscrupulous scammers sell Statue of Liberty tickets for between $ 80 - 100 dollars: re-sell used Statue of Liberty tickets: Sell people tickets to the Staten Island Ferry and charge people $ 20 just to enter Battery Park, a public park on the tip of Manhattan.
The group wear dark blue official looking tourist operator vests that say, SJQ Sightseeing Tours.
SJQ stands for South Jamaica Queens.
They have been a fixture in lower Manhattan operating in broad daylight for years.
On Wednesday career criminal Gregory Reddick, 54, of 118 Road in Jamaica Queens, was busted after leading park police on a wild chase in lower Manhattan.
Parks Enforcement Patrol officer Jean-Baptist Joseph, 33, saw Reddick on Pier 15 as he was allegedly in the act of conning tourists out of cash.
The PEP officer approached Reddick and ask him for ID. He refused cursed at him and ran away.
The officer called for back up. PEP officers tracked him down a half mile away in Battery Park.
Another officer approached the con and asked him for ID.
"F*ck off off, I ain't givin you shit," he responded, according to an officer at the scene.
He ran, and the officers caught up to him. He resisted arrest and officers maced him twice in order to get him to comply.
A large group of Reddick's associates formed during the arrest, yelling and screaming.
An NYPD officer in the park said that on Monday - two days before Reddick's arrest - he had received a compliant that Reddick had sold two tickets to the Statue of Liberty to a Virginia couple for $ 409 dollars.