Virginia police arrest sword-wielding man dressed as Batman villain ‘The Joker’


Photos of Jeremy Putman courtesy of Winchester Police Department

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WINCHESTER, Va. — Police in Virginia arrested a man who was dressed as a villain from Batman and reportedly carrying a sword.

Winchester Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Hall said in a news release that the department got several 911 calls Friday afternoon reporting a man walking down a public road dressed as Batman’s nemesis “The Joker.” He was wearing a cape and carrying a sword.

Jeremy Putman, 31, has been charged with wearing a mask in public and was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

The charge is a Class 6 Felony and is punishable with up to five years in jail. Police received several reports about a man dressed as the Joker over the last week, but officers believe Putnam is the only suspect.

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