Believe or not, Joker, the comic book villain, and Batman’s arch nemesis was recently arrested by the Virginia police. Joke aside, an individual wearing a cape, a Joker mask, and a sword was recently taken into custody by the local authorities. The individual, later identified as 31-year-old Jeremy Putman, was charged with wearing a mask in public and being held on a $2,000 bond. If he’s found guilty, he might spend the next five years in prison.
So, what would you say if, one day, you would be walking down the street and saw an individual wearing a Joker mask? Probably not much, considering that Heath Ledger’s Joker is one of the most popular comic book characters with a lot of fans out there.
Now, let’s change the rules of the game a bit. Take the same individual wearing an awesome Joker mask and add a brightly-colored cape and a sword. That would be a bit disturbing, to say the least. Well, as fate has it, the residents of a Virginia town caught a glimpse of an individual wearing the mask mentioned above and accessories.
According to Jennifer Hall, a Virginia Police Department spokesperson, on Friday afternoon, several individuals dialed 911 and told the operator that they saw an individual open-carrying a sword and wearing a Joker mask.
A police squad was dispatched to the individual’s location and immediately apprehended the man, later identified as 31-year-old Jeremy Putnam. For his deed, the Joker impersonator has been charged with wearing a mask in public places, and a magistrate placed a $2,000 bond.
Hall said that if the individual is found guilty, he might spend up to five years behind bars. Now, for some of you, the punishment Putnam might receive can be considered a bit harsh. However, Jennifer Hall, the Virginia Police spokesperson, took advantage of this opportunity to remind the public that wearing a mask or any type of accessory that covers the face is a class 6 offense and is punishable by prison.
Now, there’s a lesson to be learned here. Do you know that old saying: ‘When in Rome, act like Romans’? Well, it would seem that it is safe to say that when you’re in Virginia, it would probably be a good idea not to wear a mask in public if you don’t want to end up looking at the world from the other side of the bars.
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