(Source) - Two costumed characters in New York City's Times Square were arrested on Saturday night along with a third man for allegedly fighting, according to multiple reports. The two characters were doing what costumed heroes do these days -- hustling for tips on a street corner in exchange for photos -- when two men started yelling and gesturing at them.
The New York Post reports that 23-year-old Thomas Rorke allegedly grabbed Batman -- aka 41-year-old Jose Escalona-Martinez -- from behind and shouted, "I'm gonna fuck you, Batman.” Then, he allegedly grabbed Spider-man -- aka 35-year-old Abdel Elkahezai -- on the rear. His Spider Sense clearly tingling, Elkahezai allegedly sprayed Rorke with his webbing, or at least his prop Silly String, the paper reported. Soon enough, punches were thrown. Rorke appears to have gotten the worst of it, with CBS New York reporting that he was socked repeatedly in the face and chest.
“He (Rorke) was intoxicated and messing with Batman and they got into it,” a rival Spider-man, 50-year-old Paul Smith, told the New York Daily News. “Everybody, no matter what costume they are wearing, has the right to protect themselves. It's like Stand Your Ground in Florida,” he told the newspaper. All three were arrested.
CBS reports that Spider-man has a rap sheep of his own: Elkahezai has previous arrests for alleged public urination, assault and weapons possession.
However, at least one other hero vouched for Spidey. "He's one of the best guys, honest, religious," a man dressed as Captain America, who declined to give his name, told the Daily News. "One of the first guys out here."
Further proof that you just don't fuck with Batman... or try to fuck him in this guy's case.
I started reading this story and my first thought was, "wow, I'm surprised that this kind of thing doesn't happen more often." I mean, it's Times Square, there's like a billion people there at any given moment, a fair percentage of whom are drunk or on drugs, and there are a plethora of assholes running around in super hero costumes just asking to get fucked with. You'd think that this would be a nightly story. But then I read about this apparent Justice League type situation we've got going on between these masked vigilantes, and I understood why shit doesn't usually get out of hand in the mean streets of midtown.
Batman gets sodomy attempted on him? Spidey's there to spray the assailant with some silly string to the face. These two middle aged gentlemen bought in to their given circumstances and became the heroes that this city needed. And then when the cops and media show up with a chance to turn the whole thing in to a giant circus, what happens next? Oh nothin except for Spidey 2.0 and Captain America stepping up and answering all of the necessary questions and making sure that we all realized that this was a heroic act by two upstanding citizens (well at least one, we didn't get much on Batman's backstory but you can't help but love the pious Abdel Elkahezai's "first to arrive last to leave" attitude).
You walk through Times Square and you can't help but laugh and scoff at the presence of these costumed warriors. But hopefully now you'll stop and remember that when shit gets weird under the bright lights of the city, this tight knit group will do what it takes to make sure that nobody is getting sodomized under their watch. Nobody.
PS “Everybody, no matter what costume they are wearing, has the right to protect themselves. It's like Stand Your Ground in Florida." No. No Paul Smith (Spidey 2.0), it's not.
But hey, since you mentioned it, we have a sketch about that!