Published: Sep 26, 2010 8:17 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 26, 2010 5:19 PM EDT

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) - Elmo can fight back.

Police in central Florida say a man dressed as the "Sesame Street" character was attacked Saturday at a music store in Winter Park Village, but Elmo was able to fend him off.
      
The fight broke out around 3 p.m. The costumed man had ben hired to perform at a children's event at Guitar Center, but police say the attacker went over to Elmo and began throwing punches.
      
The performer fought back, even breaking a few fingers on his attacker's hand.
      
Police haven't released the names of either man. Officers broke up the fight and took the attacker to the hospital, where he was treated and detained for a mental health evaluation. Police say Elmo was unhurt, and that no children saw the fight.