Batman appeared at a police station in England with a criminal suspect in tow, and the world blinked.
Batman — otherwise known as Stan Worby, Chinese-takeout delivery man — told a British TV news program that he was “gobsmacked” by the widespread reaction to the Feb. 25 episode. Worby told ITV’s “Daybreak” that it was simply a “practical joke” between himself and the friend he took to the police station.
You see, he’d been dressed as Batman for a soccer match at Wembley Stadium. Note: This was not a Christopher Nolan Batman but an Adam West-style Batman (at left, in case you need a refresher). After the match, a friend asked him to accompany him to the police station to turn himself in. Worby told the Daily Telegraph he’d been trying to “knock some sense into” his friend Danny Frayne, and apparently it worked.
To keep up his pal’s spirits, Worby left the costume on.
He dropped off Frayne, telling the police, “I’ve caught this one for you.” Batman also caught the imagination of officers at West Yorkshire’s Bradford police station. They posted the incident on their Facebook page, saying the caped crusader “then promptly vanished into the night to fight crime and the fear of crime in Bradford.”
Frayne, meanwhile, was arrested by officers on suspicion of burglary, fraud and breach of a court order. Police said he was charged with handling stolen goods and fraud-related offenses.
The superhero hand-over was recorded on closed-circuit television. Worby was then referred to by various news outlets as a mystery man, and police said, “The person who brought the wanted man into the station was dressed in a full Batman outfit. His identity, however, remains unknown.”
But unlike Bruce Wayne, Worby didn’t mind revealing his true identity to the world.
In his interview with “Daybreak,” he wanted to point out that he wasn’t fat. Various outlets had pointed to his middle. The Toronto Star, for instance, referred to him as “portly.” That wasn’t a spare tire, however; Worby said he had a track suit on beneath his costume.
Other than the tubby references, Worby didn’t mind the attention. He told the Telegraph: “Who knows if I’ll be doing some more crime-fighting in the future?”
— Amy Hubbard