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.'"
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.
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.