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With a front page that rivals anything J. Jonah Jameson has published, the New York Post trumpeted the news Sunday that Spider-Man struck a police officer in the face during an altercation in Times Square. Or, if you prefer “Times Square rampage.”
Interestingly, after countless crimes (allegedly, in some cases) committed in the past couple of years by guys dressed as the Peter Parker-variety Spider-Man — groping a woman, punching a tourist, robbing convenience stores, fighting two Captains America, etc. — this may be the first that involves someone dressed as Miles Morales/Ultimate Spider-Man.
Perhaps more interesting — and certainly more amusing — is that the New York Police Department referred the suspect, 25-year-old Junior Bishop of Brooklyn, as “Spider-Man” throughout its press release. Also: The incident was caught on video, which you can watch below. (Note: It contains profanity.)
No sooner had one Times Square Spider-Man been acquitted of attempted assault (but convicted of harassment) than another was accused of groping a woman, leading to calls for regulation of the area’s costumed characters.
“In the last 10 days alone, we’ve seen two Statues of Liberty arrested, a Spider-Man convicted of harassing a tourist, and now a third character arrested for groping a woman in Times Square,” Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, said in a statement obtained by CBS New York. “The situation is out of control and a licensing and regulatory scheme must be put in place.”
Superman may be more powerful than a locomotive, and be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but he can’t get away with driving on England’s M42 motorway without insurance.
On Saturday, officers with the Central Motorway Policing Group pulled over a red car with a fluttering red cape where its rear glass should’ve been. Stranger still (perhaps?) was that the car’s occupants were dressed in identical red-and-blue costumes with the iconic “S” emblem emblazoned on their chests.
Spider-Man was acquitted Wednesday on charges of attempted assault in a February 2013 scuffle with a mother who refused to pay him for posing with her children in New York City’s Times Square. Instead, the New York Post reports the judge found the wall-crawler guilty of the lesser charge of harassment.
Echoing J. Jonah Jameson, Assistant District Attorney Andrew Stengel argued that Spider-Man (aka Philip Williams) is a menace to tourists. “Spider -Man’s motto is, ’With great power, comes great responsibility,’” he said. “The defendant is more supervillain than superhero, spinning a web.”
Although Stengel lobbied for Williams to be sentenced to 15 days in jail, Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Anthony Ferrara opted for time served, but advised the defendant to watch himself.
Two 20-year-old men were arrested this week in Kōbe, Japan, on charges that they stole their teenage friend’s Yu-Gi-Oh! cards.
Kōbe Shinbun NEXT reports, via Anime News Network, that the men showed up at the home of their 15-year-old pal on Feb. 18, only to discover he wasn’t there. So, naturally, being friends and all, they did what you would expect: They allegedly made off with his 320-card Yu-Gi-Oh! collection, valued at about $685.
Proving J. Jonah Jameson right time and again, Spider-Man in the past year alone has stolen $6,000 in cash, fought two Captain Americas, been arrested following a robbery and held up a convenience store. Now it appears the wall-crawler has found an ally: Spider-Woman.
A 29-year-old who worked as Captain America at Universal Studios Orlando faces a felony charge after police say he sent sexually explicit text messages and photos to a 16-year-old girl he met at the theme park.
James Weldon Alton allegedly began a friendship with the girl after he commented about a photo she posted online of the two of them taken at Universal Orlando. According to the arrest affidavit (via The Smoking Gun), Alton said he exchanged phone numbers with the teen, and the two began texting. During the next two weeks, those conversations “turned explicit,” with Alton allegedly sending photos of his penis.
According to police, the girl’s father called authorities after learning about the texts and photos, and discovering that Alton had set up a “possible date” with her at the mall. Alton was charged with transmitting harmful material to a minor with an electronic device and booked Thursday at the Orange County Jail. He was subsequently released on bail.
Comic stores from Los Angeles to San Diego have been notified following the reported theft of 14 longboxes from a home in Eagle Rock, California.
Collector Adam Rose tells CBS Los Angeles that someone removed the garage-door opener from his unlocked car and entered his garage, making off with about 7,000 comic books he stored there. They represent three decades’ worth of purchases.
The Davis Clipper reports a Davis County deputy stopped 33-year-old Christopher Reeves around 3 a.m. Tuesday after he was spotted weaving in and out of traffic in his Chevrolet HHR at speeds exceeding 80 miles per hour. That’s Reeves pictured at right, wearing the Superman T-shirt.
Yes, both the sheriff’s office and local media gleefully recognize the similarities between the suspect’s name and that of the late Superman actor Christopher Reeve. The Clipper used a “faster than a speeding bullet” reference, while Fox 13 went with, “He won’t be kneeling before Zod, but he will have to stand before a judge” (I’m pretty sure Fox 13 wins). Davis County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. Susan Poulsen acknowledged the T-shirt might not have been “a wise fashion choice” — but as we’re about to learn, wise choices may not be part of Reeves’ repertoire.
Police in Texas are searching for two suspects in a pickup truck that struck and killed a 23-year-old man outside a Houston-area movie theater following an argument about 300: Rise of an Empire.
According to KHOU 11 News, the dispute began shortly after midnight Monday in the restroom of the Silverado Movie Theater near Tomball, when two men allegedly injected themselves into a conversation between Michael Emerson and his two friends about whether the film might spawn a sequel (it’s a follow-up to 300, an adaptation of the 1998 Dark Horse limited series by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley).
Spider-Man had been a public menace for much of last year, getting into a confrontation with a women in Times Square, stealing $6,000 in cash and fighting two Captain Americas on Hollywood Boulevard before getting arrested in Pittsburgh following a store robbery. Heck, he was even blamed for the horrific violence in Venezuela. But in recent months the wall-crawler had appeared to give up his life of crime.
That changed last week when Spider-Man was captured on video robbing a 7-Eleven in Altamonte Springs, Florida, with the aid of a rifle and a masked sidekick, presumably one Andy Maguire, aka Alpha.
While the Batman of Gotham City is known for his signature cape and cowl, the Caped Crusader of New South Wales, Australia, may be best identified by his G-string.
Sydney’s 7News reports that police have charged a man who was caught on security cameras entering a second-hand store near Newcastle wearing only a G-string and then donning a Batman mask and cape. To cap off the ensemble, the scantily clad Dark Knight found a “bride to be” sash, because … what vigilante faces the forces of evil without a jaunty sash?
Police in Nottinghamshire, England, are on the lookout for the thief who swiped the sign for the sleepy village of Gotham. And while they don’t have any suspect, they are looking in the direction of Batman fans.
“It is of little scrap metal value, so it may be more to do with a prank, particularly given the name on it,” police community support officer Anthony Davies told the Nottingham Post. “But it is not a prank because it is going to cost Nottinghamshire County Council money to replace it, so I would ask anyone who knows where the sign is to let us know.”
Police in South Bend, Indiana, are investigating the possible embezzlement of funds that led to the abrupt cancellation of the River-Con comics and gaming convention.
A brief message posted Feb. 21 on the event’s Facebook page announcing the cancellation and assuring vendors and Kickstarter supporters they “will be fully reimbursed” doesn’t hint at the circumstances surrounding the move. For those, you have to turn to a local news report and the Facebook page of the South Bend Gaming Association, a group formed last year to organize the planned April 19 show.
According to WSBT TV, police were contacted shortly after the SBGA reportedly received a message from its former president on Feb. 12 admitting to embezzling $1,300. According to the group’s Facebook page, the former president — identified in a subsequent post as Erica Warren — resigned her position, “offered to replace this missing money and expressed hope that River-Con will continue to take place as planned.” SBGA members instead decided unanimously to turn the matter over to police.
Attempts this morning by ROBOT 6 to contact Warren by phone, email and Facebook were unsuccessful. However, on the convention’s Kickstarter page, an SBGA member posted what’s purported to be the message sent by Warren. In it, she explains the money was used for medical bills — “It’s not a valid reason,” she acknowledged — and stated she can borrow against her 401k plan to repay the funds.
It’s not actually the character McGruff the Crime Dog, just an actor who formerly portrayed him — though I’m not sure that makes this story less ironic. In a surprising twist of fate, CBS Houston reports McGruff actor John R. Morales has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for possession of 1,000 marijuana plants, 27 weapons — including a grenade launcher — and 9,000 rounds of ammo. Though Morales pled guilty recently, the bust took place in 2011, after Galveston, Texas authorities (and drug-sniffing dogs) discovered contraband in the actor’s car when pulling him over for speeding.
Take a bite out of crime, indeed.