NYPD cops arrest 'Batman' in Times Square
February 28, 2016 | 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
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