Los Angeles Times crime reporter Andrew Blankstein has a distressing report about a hero allegedly gone bad in Hollywood, and photographer Mel Melcon has some accompanying photos that he could sell to the Daily Bugle for a pretty penny. Here’s an excerpt with links added by me (as well as a vintage Spidey cover by Frank Miller)… — Geoff Boucher
A man portraying Spider-Man was arrested on outstanding criminal warrants Wednesday after an incident in which he allegedly slugged a man near the Hollywood & Highland complex, police said.
It was not immediately clear what led to the altercation, which was reported about 12:30 p.m. in the 6800 block of Hollywood Boulevard. But it’s the latest in a string of incidents involving movie characters and celebrity look-alikes who vie for space — and attention — along the tourist-filled corridor that includes Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
Christopher Loomis, 39, was being held on outstanding misdemeanor warrants in lieu of $5,500 bail, police said.
The incident began when Los Angeles Police Department patrol officers received a radio call reporting battery by a man in a Spider-Man costume. When they arrived, they encountered four people dressed as the web-slinging crusader.
“They stopped one, it wasn’t him,” said LAPD Lt. Beverly Lewis. “They stopped the second, and it was the suspect.”
The victim, who said he had been hit on the face and arms, refused to press charges against the costumed performer. But Lewis said that when they discovered the warrants, Loomis was booked. She said it appeared that the suspect and victim knew each other.
Costumed performers portraying the likes of Elvis, Superman, SpongeBob SquarePants and others have worked on Hollywood Boulevard for years. They collect tips from tourists by posing for pictures or performing in front of the theater. But sometimes the fun has turned violent …
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– Andrew Blankstein
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Photo credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times.