Tuesday 22 August 2017

Man (31) faces up to five years in jail for dressing as 'The Joker' in public

Jeremy Putman (Image: Winchester police)
Jeremy Putman (Image: Winchester police)
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Police in the US have arrested and charged a man who was spotted in public dressed as Batman villain 'The Joker'

The Winchester police, in Virginia, confirmed that Jeremy Putman was seen walking around  "wearing a black cape and carrying a sword", with his face painted in the same manner as the famous comic book character.

In the US state it is illegal for anyone over the age of 16 to wear a mask in public.

"Several calls" were made to the police communication centre Winchester police said in a statement.

Jeremy Putman (Image: Winchester police)
Jeremy Putman (Image: Winchester police)

There have also been several similar reports in recent weeks but officers do not believe there are additional suspects.

The force wants to "remind the community of the seriousness of the crime" the statement said.

Under Virginia law wearing a mask in public is a Class 6 Felony and is punishable with up to five years in jail.

Mr Putman was arrested at 2pm on Friday and is being detained under a $2,000 bond.

People wearing holiday masks, engaged in theatrical productions or who need masks for work are exempt from the law.

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