Cops later spotted Tinsley at Zuccotti Park Wednesday and collared him about 5 p.m., police said. He was charged with making terroristic threats.
Tinsley’s parents described their son as mentally ill and recently started leaving the family’s University Heights, Bronx, home to support protesters downtown.
“I was really happy — he was going meeting people and talking to others, instead of sitting in his room talking to himself,” said his father, James Jacob, 66.
Jacob said his son got too excited within the crowd and understood the arrest.
“He was just running his mouth,” he said. “He’s got to learn. He’s got to pay for what he did.”
Wednesday night, many Occupied Wall Street demonstrators said they would never support Tinsley’s methods.
“[Tuesday\], a guy was handing out flyers to make Molotov coctails,” said Storm Shimp, 18, of Lancaster, Pa. “A group of us went up to him and said, ‘We don’t want that here — no one is going to take that from you.’”