Daniel Ventre is facing animal cruelty charges for killing at least one pigeon near the Midtown park’s fountain about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Witnesses saw the homeless man ripping off the head of a pigeon while standing shin-deep in the park’s fountain and slurping down the dead bird’s blood.
He told horrified onlookers that he was a vampire and needed the bird’s blood to survive.
Witnesses called 911, but the 32-year-old man had left the sunlit park by the time police arrived, officials said.
Cops caught up with him a short time later after he tried to jump a turnstile at a nearby train station.
“We arrested him for criminal trespass, but when we got him back to the house, we realized that he had blood all over him,” a police source said.
“He then confesses that he killed a pigeon.”
Cops returned to the park and found the bird’s remains.
In addition to charging Ventre with criminal trespass for turnstile jumping, investigators ordered Ventre to undergo a psychiatric evaluation at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital.
Police continue to investigate likely animal cruelty charges, and Ventre’s arraignment was pending after the psychiatric review.
Parkgoers took to Twitter to expose the foul act.
One Twitter user, who goes by the handle Lana Del Reggateon, claimed Ventre’s hunger went beyond one pigeon.
“Two attendants are talking and there were MORE dead pigeons,” he tweeted Wednesday around the time of Ventre’s arrest. “I think someone was out here killing them for fun.”
Parkgoers were stunned — and a bit sickened — by Ventre’s antics.
“It makes me sad,” said 30-year-old Wendy McColm, who comes to Bryant Park weekly. “Everyone, including the pigeons, are just coming here to hang out.”
“I feel really sad for (Ventre) too, because he needed something,” she said. “I’m not sure if it was pigeon blood. It’s a cry for help for sure.”
Others were confused by Ventre’s undead persona.
“It’s fairly weird,” Julian Johny, 25, said. “Why would you eat pigeons? Even if you’re a vampire, why would you eat pigeons. Think about it, vampires don’t eat pigeons.”
“The other time I was here, there was a guy diving in there for pennies and the police tackled him,” Johny recalled. “Weird things happen in that fountain.”
Ya-wen Hsu, 30, felt like he was in a horror movie when he heard what happened.
“It’s crazy,” he said. “I can’t believe it truly happened in real life. I think it’s too violent for the pigeons. Especially eating them raw.”
“He just wanted to get people’s attention,” he said.