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NYPD cops arrest 'Batman' in Times Square

By T.K. Randall
February 28, 2016 · Comment icon 8 comments

Times Square is a popular place for costumed characters. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Ingfbruno
The Caped Crusader, a.k.a Jose Escalona-Martinez, was picked up by the police for allegedly stealing $50.
Martinez, who likes to spend his spare time dressed up as the popular comic book character, has made regular appearances in New York's Times Square where he poses for pictures with tourists.

Unlike his fictional Gotham City counterpart however the 42-year-old has been finding himself on the wrong side of the law in recent years having been arrested back in 2014 for "aggressive begging" and again earlier this month for entering an area where costumed characters are banned.
He has twice attempted to sue the city for unlawful arrest but both cases were ultimately dropped.

Now Martinez has found himself being arrested again - this time for taking $50 from a tourist. Charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, the Caped Crusadar was marched off in handcuffs for grabbing the cash from a woman who was giving him a tip.

Whether he will attempt to sue the city a third time over the incident remains to be seen.

Source: New York Daily News | Comments (8)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Redefining Success 8 years ago
Maybe he needed some gas for the bat mobile? Although I can't see it running to good on regular!
Comment icon #2 Posted by third_eye 8 years ago
~ ~Holy heart failure, Batman!I bet Batman is the only one in the world with a hand steady enough to paint false fingerprints. - Robin ~ Batman and Robin quotes link ~
Comment icon #3 Posted by freetoroam 8 years ago
He dressed up well for a mere $50 (which he did not get to keep) and a night in the cells. He is well protected with that set up if he meets Robin the backdoor manic reeper.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Sundew 8 years ago
~ ~Holy heart failure, Batman!I bet Batman is the only one in the world with a hand steady enough to paint false fingerprints. - Robin ~ Batman and Robin quotes link ~ Adam could have been arrested for over-acting....
Comment icon #5 Posted by freetoroam 8 years ago
Adam could have been arrested for over-acting.... Holy great eye observation Sundew, holy gimmi an emmy he sure does holy give it some.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Doctor_Strangelove 8 years ago
I was just in New York last week funny enough, it was my first time there. For anyone who doesn't know, there's a ton of people in Times Square who make homemade costumes of franchised characters (I saw 7 Olafs and Christ knows how many Minions) and then they harass tourists to take pictures with them, and if you do they demand money from you. They position themselves right by the Disney store too, so it makes it look like they're hired on, but the reality is that they are not, they are freelancers who probably break all sorts of copyright and municiple laws, there's just too many of them to d... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by Codenwarra 8 years ago
Why am I not surprised?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Michelle 8 years ago
When I went through, at first I tried to be the polite Canadian and say "Sorry, no thank you" but by the end of the weekend I told a few Minions to frig off and half the cast of Frozen to eat something unpleasant. As a polite Southerner I feel your pain. I was shocked the F bomb came out of my mouth a few times, but they will not let up.

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