Times Square Spider-Man arrested days after calls for regulation

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TIMES SQUARE, Manhattan (PIX11) -- It was a foulmouthed Spider-Man who police say punched a Times Square cop who told him to stop bilking tourists.

In this cellphone video first obtained by the New York Post, you see this Spider-Man, identified by police as 25-year-old Junior Bishop Of Brooklyn, trying to wriggle free from the cops, throwing punches as they try to subdue him.

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According to police, the incident began at 2 p.m., when a rookie cop intervened after Spider-Man refused a  tourist's tip of a dollar, saying he only accepted five, ten or 20 dollar bills for posing for pictures.

Police say Bishop, dressed as Spider-Man cursed, then punched the officer and ran off, only to be arrested by other cops.

Tourists, and others who work in Times Square, say after at least eight violent incidents involving costumed characters in Times Square, it is time to register them.

"Make them all get registered, make them all have licenses," said Robert McKuhan, who sells comedy tickets in Times Square. "And don't let so many of them out here. We got five Elmos and three frigging Toy Story guys on one block."

Just nine days ago Police Commissioner Bill Bratton called for greater regulation of the characters in Times Square.

Bratton said he would support a bill to improve the quality of life for people who live and work there.

A man dressed as Spider-Man and said his name is Tom Adams agreed.

"I think it's a great idea to have a license," Adams, aka Spider-Man said."Half of the characters out here don't have green cards and are illegal in this country," he added.

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

Tourist Robin Brinn agreed. "Because they're in costume, you don't know who they are." The tourist added, "they should be licensed so they don't just climb up the wall and disappear."

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