Local joker dressed as Batman arrested in Petoskey

May 11, 2011

A man dressed up as Batman was arrested in downtown Petoskey today after hanging off the wall of a building, according to the Petoskey News-Review.

The man was spotted while hanging off the wall of a building.

He was arrested and charged with trespassing and possession of dangerous weapons.

From the News-Review:

A 31-year-old Harbor Springs man who, police say, was on the roof of a business in downtown Petoskey, dressed as Batman was arrested early Wednesday morning for trespassing and possession of dangerous weapons, according to a Petoskey Department of Public Safety news release.

Petoskey police received a report of a man on the roof of a business, located in the 400 block of East Mitchell Street, about 12:40 a.m. May 11, today, according to the release. Additional information supplied by central dispatch included the fact that the man was dressed as Batman.

Responding officers, including Michigan State Police troopers, saw "a male subject, dressed in a Batman costume, hanging off the western wall of the building," according to the release. The officers got onto the roof and pulled the man back onto it.

Officers detained the man and located a baton-type striking weapon, a can of chemical irritant spray and a pair of lead lined gloves. The suspect was arrested for trespassing and possession of dangerous weapons.

The man was lodged at the Emmet County Jail and his name is being withheld pending his arraignment, said public safety director John Calabrese.

Calabrese said it is unclear what the man's motivations were. "I think he enjoys doing this," he said.

It's unclear whether the man was trying to recreate this moment from the Adam West Batman television series.