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Times Square Batman accused of stealing from tourist, arrested

This isn’t the Dark Knight’s first run in with the law.

A character actor who dresses up as Batman in Times Square has been arrested for stealing from a tourist, the New York Daily News reported.

Jose Escalona-Martinez, 42, was arrested Wednesday evening around 8:30 p.m. and charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

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“The Batman impersonator posed for a photo with a tourist, who then opened his or her wallet to get money for a tip. Police say Batman took this opportunity to snatch a large bill from their open wallet,” Curbed New York reported.

According to the Daily News, "Batman" stole $50 from the unsuspecting tourist.


This isn’t the Dark Knight’s first run in with the law.

The Daily News reported that Escalona-Martinez has sued the city twice alleging false arrests. Most recently he was cited for going into a part of Times Square off limits to costumed characters.

Escalona-Martinez has also protested the regulations regarding costumed characters before this incident. He toldMetro“no one can regulate freedom" when he and other costumed characters gathered for a protest.

Escalona-Martinez is reportedly in custody and awaiting a court appearance.

Matt Lee is a web producer for Metro New York. He writes about almost everything and anything. Talk to him (or yell at him) on Twitter so he doesn’t feel lonely@mattlee2669.

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