Police officials in Winchester, Virginia have arrested a 31-year-old sword-wielding man on Friday, who was dressed as batman’s nemesis, Joker, according to the Washington Post.
At around 2 p.m. on March 24, officers responded to a 911 call about a suspicious man, who authorities identified as Jeremy Putman, carrying a sword and dressed up as the comic book villain, Joker, walking along Papermill Road and South Pleasant Valley Road.
Officers located “The Joker” in the 2600 block of South Pleasant Valley Road where they arrested him for wearing a mask in public, which is a “Class 6 Felony and is punishable with up to five years in jail.”
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The Winchester Police Department stated that they are using Putman’s arrest as an opportunity to remind the public of the “seriousness of the crime.”
The Virginia Law states as follows:
“It is unlawful for any person over 16 years of age, with the intent to conceal his identity, 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, or upon any private property in this Commonwealth, without first having obtained from the owner or tenant thereof consent to do so in writing.”
Jennifer Hall, a spokesperson for the Winchester Police Department, stated that the police received several calls about a man dressed as Joker, wearing a cape and carrying a sword. It is now believed that Putman was the culprit in those cases as well.
Putman is being held at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center with a $2,000 bond.