If you thought criminals were terrified of Batman in the comics and movies, just imagine the horror of an alleged shoplifter who ran across him in real life.
On Saturday, June 17, a man from Fort Worth, Texas, allegedly shoplifted four DVDs from a Walmart –– including a copy of The Lego Batman Movie. Unfortunately for him, Batman was hanging around the area. Or at least, off-duty police officer Damon Cole, who happened to be dressed as the Caped Crusader.
Upon witnessing the alleged crime, Cole pursued the suspect on foot, telling a local news channel:
“I didn’t have my intermediate weapons on me. So if stuff would have gone south, it could have gotten ugly pretty quickly but…I am Batman…so, I ain’t going to let that happen."
While arresting the suspect, Cole noticed the Lego Batman DVD. As Cole told WBAP radio:
“One of the movies he was trying to steal was Lego Batman and I love Lego Batman. So, I walked up to him and was like ‘you can’t steal my movie… come on now.”
That wasn't even the funniest part of the whole thing. Following his arrest, the suspect asked Batman for an autograph. Somehow that actually seems like an appropriate response — it would've been totally surreal to be caught in this manner. Since the merchandise was worth less than $100, the shoplifter was let go with just a citation.
In case you're wondering why in the world a police officer would dress as the Dark Knight — let alone in the middle of the day — Cole cosplays as various superheroes and travels around the United States to visit children's hospitals. As he puts it:
"I travel the country in my off time seeing children with cancer and other illnesses. I do that to give them inspiration and hope to keep fighting."
Now that's a crimefighter whom Commissioner Gordon would be proud to have at the Gotham City Police Department.