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Times Square Batman arrested for swiping $50 from tourist

New York Daily News New York Daily News 26/02/2016 THOMAS TRACY

Escalona-Martinez has repeatedly sued the NYPD for false arrest — once when he was dressed as Batman, once when he was dressed as Spider-Man. - Anthony DelMundo/New York Daily News © Anthony DelMundo/New York Daily News Escalona-Martinez has repeatedly sued the NYPD for false arrest — once when he was dressed as Batman, once when he was dressed as Spider-Man. - Anthony DelMundo/New York Daily News This Dark Knight has taken a dark turn.

A Times Square costumed Batman who’s repeatedly sued the NYPD for false arrest was behind bars Thursday for swiping a $50 bill from an Irish tourist, officials said.

Jose Escalona-Martinez, 42, was charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property for the Wednesday night theft on W. 45th St. and Broadway.

The victim, a 63-year-old woman visiting New York from Ireland, told police that she had taken a picture with Escalona-Martinez about 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, as heavy rains pelted the city.

The woman opened her wallet to give Escalona-Martinez a tip, but the crooked caped crusader snatched a $50 bill and ran off.

Cops grabbed him a few moments later and took him into custody.

“A dark night for Gotham when fake Batman is led away in cuffs,” tweeted Abettertimessquare Wednesday night. “Time to enact Mayor @billdeblasio reforms ASAP!”

Escalona-Martinez said at the time he had done nothing wrong.

“This is big discrimination. This is not right. The cops just wanted to be a------s — and they were.”

A Times Square Batman, aka Jose Escalona-Martinez, was arrested for swiping a $50 bill from an Irish tourist. - Anthony DelMundo/New York Daily News © Anthony DelMundo/New York Daily News A Times Square Batman, aka Jose Escalona-Martinez, was arrested for swiping a $50 bill from an Irish tourist. - Anthony DelMundo/New York Daily News

The street solicitor, who testified in costume as Batman at recent City Council hearings about aggressive Times Square costumed characters, said he’s been wearing the cowl or the web-head mask for four years.

The city is in negotiations to mark off “activity zones” for costumed and topless performers after repeated complaints that the panhandlers were harassing visitors to the Crossroads of the World.

ttracy@nydailynews.com

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