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Times Square Spider-Man hauled off after punching cop: NYPD

An amateur Spider-Man was anything but a hero on Sunday after authorities said he punched an officer to evade arrest in Times Square.

times square character elmo A group of Times Square character performers pose for a photo.
Credit: Bess Adler/Metro

An amateur Spider-Man was anything but a hero on Sunday after authorities said he punched an officer to evade arrest.

Police identified the masked menace as Junior Bishop, 25, of Brooklyn after he was collared on Saturday afternoon for assaulting the arresting police officer, resisting arrest, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

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Investigators said the costumed Bishop was working the crowd near West 42th Street and Broadway at around 2 p.m.

The police officer who later tried to take in the offending web-crawler witnessed Bishop take a photo with a male and female tourist, after which woman tried to tip Bishop and handed him a $1 bill.

Bishop wouldn't take the bill, police said, instead demanding only $5, $10 or $20 bills for the photo.

The officer overheard the conversation and popped in to tell the woman she could donate whatever she wanted, angering Bishop.

"Mind your own f—----g business," Bishop allegedly interjected.

When the officer said he tried to tell Bishop that he could not request money and only accept volunteered tips, the web-slinger reportedly went into a fit — cursing, yelling and arguing with the cop.

The officer asked Bishop for identification, which Bishop said he didn't have and prompted the cop inform Bishop he was under arrest.

The web-head decided to fight back, slipping free and punching the rookie cop in the face. The two struggled until more officers arrived and helped apprehend Bishop.

The arresting cop was taken to New York University Langone Medical Center and was treated for swelling around his eye and a cut to his face.

The incident comes weeks after lawmakers announced discussions to regulate costumed characters after a growing list of complaints of bad behavior by the performers.

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