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Virginia Police Arrest Man Dressed As Joker Wielding Sword

Written by Tim Midura on Saturday, March 25 2017 and posted in News with Benefits
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Virginia Police Arrest Man Dressed As Joker Wielding Sword

Typical comic-con night.


Source: Winchester Police

In a move that would be considered normal if a comic convention was in town, a man in Winchester, Virginia was arrested dressed as The Joker and brandishing a sword. 31-year-old Jeremy Putnam was arrested after several calls were made "regarding a suspicious male dressed as 'The Joker.'"jokerarrest.jpg

Putman was charged with wearing a mask in public, a Class 6 felony punishable by up to five years in jail. Photos of Putman, who has dyed green hair and is wearing makeup, match Heath Ledger's version of the DC Comics villain from 2008's "The Dark Knight." He's being held at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center pending $2,000 bond.

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According to Virginia law, "It shall be 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." There are provisions in the code to allow wearing masks in traditional holiday costumes, those for whom masks are necessary for either work or medical reasons, and those involved in theatrical productions or masquerade balls.





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Born in the frozen tundra of Massachusetts, Tim Midura has long possessed a love for comic books and records. After stealing the beard of Zeus and inventing the pizza bagel, a much more heavily tattooed and bearded Tim Midura has finally settled in San Diego. He's the world's first comics journalist who doesn't want to become a comics writer. Find him on twitter, facebook or by email.


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