Times Square Spider-Man arrested for punching NYPD officer

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- A Times Square Spider-Man was arrested after cursing at a police officer and punching him in the face on Saturday.

According to police,  an officer witnessed a man and woman taking a picture with the superhero around 2 p.m.

The woman attempted to donate a dollar to Spider-Man who refused it.

Spider-Man then told the woman that he only accepted fives, tens and twenties.


When the police officer approached them, he told the woman it was okay to tip Spider-Man whatever she wanted.

It was then that Spider-Man cursed at the officer, telling him to "mind his own ****ing business."

The officer told Spider-Man that he cannot request money and can only accept tips.

The officer's comments continue to anger the super hero, who screamed and cursed.

Eventually the cop asked Spider-Man for is ID and that the hero would be placed under arrest.

As Spider-Man is about to be arrested, he breaks free from the officer and sucker punches him.

A bystander recorded a man dressed up as Spider-man in Times Square assaulting an officer. (Photo: YouTube)

A bystander recorded a man dressed up as Spider-man in Times Square assaulting an officer. (Photo: YouTube/ the New York Post's YouTube channel)

Additional police officers were able to contain Spider-Man.

Spider-Man's identity was later revealed as 25-year-old Junior Bishop of Brooklyn.

He was charged with assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

The NYPD officer was taken to NYU Langone Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries.

“This incident is yet another reminder that many -- though certainly not all -- of these so-called friendly characters are actually violent and aggressive and have troubling criminal records," President of the Times Square Alliance Time Tompkins said in a release. " A rigorous licensing scheme would address this and must be implemented."


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