Police play Batman, arrest the Joker

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Police in Winchester, Virginia, played the role of Batman on Friday when they arrested a man dressed as the comic book villain, the Joker.

Officers arrested 31-year-old Jeremy Putnam who was wearing a cape, carrying a sword and was made up to resemble the Heath Ledger character in the 2008 movie, “The Dark Knight.”

Police spokesperson Jennifer Hall said that officers received several 911 calls around 2 p.m. reporting sightings of Putnam who was later arrested and charged with wearing a mask in public — a Class 6 felony punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment.

Officials are using the publicity surrounding the arrest to remind the public about the seriousness of the crime.

Virginia law states that it is illegal “for any person over 16 years of age, with the intent to conceal his identity, [to] wear any mask, hood, or other device, whereby a substantial portion of the face is hidden or covered, so as to conceal the identity of the wearer, to be or appear in any public place … ”

Putnam is being detained at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center under a $2,000 secured bond.

H/T: Fox News

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