Security guard busted while wearing ‘You have the right to remain an idiot’ shirt

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Call the fashion police.

A Long Island security guard arrested for assault on Wednesday was collared wearing a bone-headed parody of the Miranda warning recited to arrestees.

“Warning! You have the Right to Remain an Idiot. Everything YOU say can and will be IGNORED!” screamed the shirt worn by John Ruggiero as he was escorted out of a Selden precinct for his arraignment Thursday.

John Ruggiero
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That was a play on the “You have the right to remain silent…” Miranda warning police use to apprise perps of their Fifth Amendment rights.

The 50-year-old security guard was taken into custody after he allegedly assaulted an elderly visitor at a gated community in the hamlet of Mount Sinai around 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.

The altercation began when Ruggiero, who works for private community The Ranches at Mount Sinai, denied entry a 69-year-old man attempting to visit a friend, police said.

Ruggiero and the visitor allegedly exchanged words before the feud escalated and turned physical.

The elderly man was injured and brought to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition, police said.

Ruggiero — who was also treated at a local hospital and seen with a bandage on his head — was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault. He’s set to appear Thursday in Central Islip court for his arraignment.

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