British Batman Revealed: Who Is Stan Worby? Bradford Man Identified After Turning In Suspect Dressed As Comic Book Hero

on March 05 2013 8:38 AM
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A real-life caped crusader dressed as Batman turned a suspect over to police in Bradford, England. Reuters

Stan Worby is the British man who dressed as Batman and took justice into his own hands earlier this week, handing a burglary suspect over to police.

The 39-year-old delivery driver from Bradford told ITV's Daybreak that he's shocked his Batman costume attracted so much attention from the media.

The suspect Worby brought to the police station, Daniel Frayne, 27, is actually his friend, and was later charged with handling stolen goods and fraud-related charges, police said.

Frayne asked Worby to accompany him to the station, and Frayne agreed after attending Bradford City's Capital One Cup Final against Swansea.

"Obviously it was done as a joke. He [Frayne] wanted to get straight down. Obviously I wanted my bed. It was half-one in the morning."

Worby had dressed in the Batman costume for the English football match and didn't change afterward.

"At the end of the day it was a practical joke, just between me and Daniel,” Worby continued.

Earlier this week, it was believed the caped crusader didn't want his identity revealed, considering he left the station without offering any personal identification.

The fictional comic book superhero, known to some as the Dark Knight, was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger in 1939, and he continues to spread his cape as a cultural icon.

The BBC reported that Kathryn Sutcliffe, owner of Kirkgate Market's Joke Shop, believes she may have sold Worby the Batman costume.

"Usually they want the Dark Knight costume but he wanted this one," Sutcliffe said. "He wanted the one with the muscly chest as well. It's like the one Del Boy wears in ‘Only Fools and Horses.’"

While Worby had no problem revealing his identity, he did have an issue with how big he felt he looked in the surveillance footage.

"I've got my full tracksuit underneath. I'm not just wearing this [the costume] -- it's too thin," he explained.