He’s back — and thirstier than ever.
A homeless man arrested for biting the heads off pigeons and drinking their blood in Bryant Park has been nabbed again — this time for breaking into the park’s cafe and stealing bottles of liquor, court records show.
Daniel Ventre, 36, was arrested for burglary on Oct. 4 after getting caught on a surveillance camera stealing booze from the bar area of the outdoor cafe, records show.
“They were closed,” said Kevin Ward, vice president of park security. “He went in, went behind the bar. He took a bottle of vodka. He came back at midnight or 3 a.m. and stole more liquor. He was on video.”
Ventre is known for causing trouble in the park — drinking alcohol, smoking pot and yelling at park-goers, park honchos said.
“He’s the scourge of Bryant Park,” said Dan Biederman, president of the Bryant Park Corporation. “He’s mentally ill and he’s an alcoholic.”
“One time he had a razor blade and he cut through the (cafe) tent and walked inside while people were eating,” said Ward, a former high-ranking member of the NYPD. “He’s a constant problem.”
In August 2017, Ventre horrified onlookers when he ravaged two birds in front of a crowd and then drank their blood.
“I’m a vampire. I love to eat and suck the blood out of pigeons,” he told a cop at the scene.
He terrified crowds in a different way in January 2018 at the 42nd Street/Bryant Park station, when he jumped onto the D- and B-line tracks with a bottle of vodka, threatening to touch the third rail and ranting about “equality” and “social justice.”
Emergency responders took him to Bellevue Hospital, according to police.
Ventre resolved both cases last year in exchange for just four months in jail — with no mental health or drug treatment ordered as part of the plea.
After the burglary last week, prosecutors asked a judge to set Ventre’s bail at $10,000, officials said. Instead, he was released “under supervision,” court records show.
It wasn’t clear what the supervision would entail.
“What do we do?” a source who works with the park said. “Is he a danger to people? Who knows when mental illness is involved.”
Ward said he’s also worried about the man’s propensity for violence.
“Given this guy’s prior history, they should have given him some sort of bail,” the veteran lawman said. “He definitely has a long criminal history, some violence and fighting with people.”