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Cops: 'Spider-Man' slugged officer in Times Square

Spider-Man Arrest Could Spur Times Square Performer Rules

By MICHAEL R. SISAK

NEW YORK (AP) - A man dressed as Spider-Man was arrested on charges he slugged a police officer who told him to stop harassing tourists in Times Square.

Junior Bishop, 25, of Brooklyn, was charged with assaulting an officer, resisting arrest and criminal mischief.

The New York Police Department said the officer assaulted Saturday - an 18-month veteran and one of about 50 officers patrolling the bustling tourist area - stepped in after Bishop demanded at least $5 from a woman he posed for a picture with, instead of the $1 tip she offered.

Police said a costumed Bishop "put out his hand and told the woman 5s, 10s or 20s only." Police said the officer told him he could only accept tips - not require payment.

Bishop yelled and cursed at the officer, police said, and told him: "Mind your own (expletive) business."

Police said the officer asked for identification and, when Bishop failed to produce any, moved to arrest him.

Bishop broke free and punched the officer in the face, police said, causing a cut and eye swelling.

The officer, whose name was not released, was treated and released at New York University's Langone Medical Center.

Other officers arrived and hauled Spider-Man away.

Bishop's mother answered the phone at their Brooklyn home late Saturday and said he was not home. She said she was not aware of his work in Times Square or his arrest. Information on Bishop's lawyer was not available.

The arrest of Spider-Man, as police referred to Bishop throughout a matter-of-fact news release, came weeks after the New York City Council said it was considering legislation to regulate the costumed characters in Times Square.

It was the latest in a series of incidents involving men behind the masks.

In the last two years, a man dressed as Cookie Monster was charged with shoving a 2-year-old, a person attired in Super Mario's overalls was accused of groping a woman and an Elmo figure pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after unleashing an anti-Semitic tirade.

Last month a different Spider-Man was convicted of harassment for a February 2013 episode in which he cursed and complained that a woman did not tip him after posing for a photograph with her children. Phillip Williams later punched the woman in the face and knocked her to the ground - out of self-defense, he said - after she hurled snow at him.

The bill under City Council consideration would require licenses and background checks for costumed performers but copyright issues have held up final approval, since most of the costume wearers are not authorized by the characters' owners.

Police Commissioner William Bratton last week endorsed the measure to combat what he called Times Square's "Elmo issues."

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aaldrew July 28 2014 at 1:26 PM

Go ahead and hit a cop dummies.

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AMedicGary July 28 2014 at 1:34 PM

smooth move, bishop ....... you always come out ahead when you take on a cop in a fist fight ........ dumb ass.

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bigcatdaddy July 28 2014 at 2:28 PM

Why do blacks think they are above the law? Note to blacks: The laws apply to everyone.

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db1219 July 28 2014 at 4:04 PM

Gee, what should I do today? I know!!! I'll wear a leotard with a cover for my head, walk around Times Square and demand that people pay me money for taking my picture. If a cop tries to stop me, then I'll punch him in the face!!! By the way, I have the IQ of a rock!!!

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KumYe SouthEast Love July 28 2014 at 1:48 PM

What color is he? Thanks!

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ranger197172 July 28 2014 at 1:53 PM

If the are illegals then another reason to deport them,.

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ayyiyicaramba July 28 2014 at 2:05 PM

The officer should have used (applied) the CHOKE-HOLD on that Spider-Skell.

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liondog96 July 29 2014 at 1:56 AM

It could have been worse. Thankfully spidey didn't use his web on the police.

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wasabimon July 29 2014 at 6:55 AM

he was not obliged to show identification--just as its also LEGAL to film anything as long as you dont interfere with them---the cops dont understand their place--this guy is lucky to be alive---choke holds and all---

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