- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 27, 2014

In another instance of costumed characters running amok in New York City’s Times Square, a man dressed as Spider-Man has been arrested for punching a police officer in the face.

Junior Bishop, 25, of Brooklyn, was charged with assaulting an officer, resisting arrest and criminal mischief, The Associated Press reported.

The New York Police Department said Mr. Bishop was harassing a tourist for more money after she posed for a picture with him and only offered a $1 tip. An officer stepped in and told Mr. Bishop he could only accept tips and not require payment, police said.

Police said Mr. Bishop told the officer to mind his “own [expletive] business,” AP reported.

Police asked Mr. Bishop for identification, which he refused. When the officer moved in to arrest him, Mr. Bishop broke free and punched the officer in the face.

The officer was treated for a cut and eye swelling at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, AP reported.

The arrest comes weeks after the New York City Council said it was considering legislation that would require licenses and background checks for costumed characters in Times Square, which have been involved in a series of violent incidents in the last few years.

Police Commissioner William Bratton last week endorsed the measure to fix what he called Times Square’s “Elmo issues,” AP reported.

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