Police in Virginia arrested a man carrying a sword and dressed as the iconic Batman villain Joker.
A report on the Winchester Police Department website identifies the man as 31-year-old Jeremy Putman, who was apprehended Friday afternoon in response to several calls “regarding a suspicious male dressed as ‘The Joker.'” He was allegedly spotted walking along the road while wearing a black cape and carrying a sword.
Authorities say they had received several similar reports over the past week, but don’t believe their are additional suspects.
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.
There’s no indication from the report that Putman will face any charges for carrying the sword.