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Bar Harbor Batman arrested over April Fool’s joke gone wrong

by  in Comic News Comment

If you’re one of those men who just wants to watch the world burn, it’s probably better if you don’t post about it on Facebook.

Maine’s Bangor Daily News reports that 35-year-old Christopher Schwartz, the self-styled Bar Harbor Batman — “A Beacon of light in a bleak and otherwise dismal world” — was arrested Sunday after posting a Joker-esque April Fool’s prank demanding “payment of 1 million Dollars or I will Blow up the Hospital. Once the funds are secured, Private Message me for Further Instruction.”

Although Schwartz reportedly tried to explain to police that the post was a joke, he was taken to Hancock County Jail on a charge of terrorizing, and later released on $1,000 bail. It seems Wayne Manor is located uncomfortably close to Mount Desert Island Hospital, leading the Bar Harbor Police Department to take the post seriously.

It probably didn’t help that the officers are quite familiar with Schwartz, who apparently dons his Batman costume and cranks up his boombox outside of local bars at closing times. On one occasion, he took his show on the road … or, rather, the sidewalk outside the police station.

On his Facebook page, Schwartz swings between apologetic and incredulous, and even offers a photo of his summons with the words, “THIS IS NO JOKE.” The April Fool’s post that started it all remains.

“THANK YOU FOR ALL THE SUPPORT!” he wrote this afternoon. “Thanks to everyone for all the private messages, Lot’s of good advice, moral support, and Great contact information. All I can do now is learn from this unfortunate experience and move forward. We all have trials and Tribulations in our daily life’s, but trough tragedy and adversity we can learn to rise above it All and become a Real Hero.”