A man who had been dressing up as Spider-Man in the legendary costumed characters area of legendary Times Square has been charged with assaulting an officer and resisting arrest after an NYPD officer reported that the man slugged him and tried to run away.
The arrest of 25-year-old Junior Bishop came after he had demanded that the woman who was photographing him pay $5 instead of the standard $1, cops say. Bishop then put his hands on the woman, at which point the police got involved.
Bishop yelled and cursed at the officer, police said, and told him: "Mind your own (expletive) business."
Police said the officer asked for identification and, when Bishop failed to produce any, moved to arrest him.
Bishop broke free and punched the officer in the face, police said, causing a cut and eye swelling.
The officer was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries while Spider-Man was booked right in Times Square under the bright lights.
The AP reports that this incident comes after the New York City Council had announced it would focus its attention on regulating the costumed characters in Times Square. This was only one of many terrorizing acts the matted-fur characters have allegedly been responsible for: a groping by Super Mario, Cookie Monster shoving a 2-year-old girl, Elmo with an anti-Semitic rant, and another Spider-Man who punched a woman in the face. Just like you imagined in your youth.
UPDATE [6/27/14, 4:01 p.m.]: Here is video footage of the fight:
[Image via AP]