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Times Square Batman steals $50 from tourist

By Daniel Uria   |   Feb. 25, 2016 at 12:51 PM

NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- A man dressed as Batman in Times Square was arrested after attempting to steal money from a pair of tourists while posing for a picture.

Jose Escalona-Martinez, 42, attempted to steal $50 from a pair of Irish Tourists who stopped to take a picture with him in his Batman costume around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday night.

Twitter account A Better Times Square shared a photo of Escalona-Martinez being taken and called for action.

"A dark night for Gotham when fake batman is led away in cuffs," they wrote. "Time to enact Mayor [Bill de Blasso] reforms ASAP!"

A history of similar incidents has not caused Batman and other costumed characters to be banned from Times Square, but de Blasso assembled a Times Square Task Force to keep characters in check as NYPD deployed 100 additional officers to the area.

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