“Batman” was arrested and his costume confiscated when he refused to leave the scene of a crime. He was charged with obstructing a police investigation in Michigan, according to recent reports.
Batman usually stands for upholding justice and the law, at least by his own lights. But then, that’s Gotham City’s Batman. Michigan’s Batman needs to work on being a little bit slicker or at least just leave it to the authorities.
As police in northern Michigan were searching for a man in Petoskey over the weekend, they were interrupted by 33-year-old Mark Wayne Williams, AKA Batman, who wanted to help them out, the Associated Press reported.
State Police Sgt. Jeff Gorno said the officers told Williams to leave the scene but he insisted that he help them find their criminal.
Gorno said to the AP: “He wouldn’t clear the scene, and we had a canine out there and he kept screwing up the scent. … He said he wanted to help us look for the driver. … We didn’t want the dog to track Batman instead of the accident scene, and he was getting in the way of officers who had a job to do.”
Apparently this was a job for a dog, not a “bat.”
Williams wasn’t a danger to the officers, according to Gorno, but he was a nuisance. In the end the officers took Williams’ Batman costume from him and he was ultimately charged with obstructing a police investigation and resisting arrest.
He didn’t have any weapons on him.
Williams reportedly posted bond and is due to appear in court Oct. 18.
This isn’t the first time Williams has been arrested for his Batman impersonation. He previously was found on the top of a Petoskey business carrying a baton-like weapon.
For that offense he was sentenced to six months of probation and was forbidden to wear costumes.
He added that it was not his attention to harm anyone.