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Arrested Spider-Man: Characters Make Times Square

Police said the 25-year-old punched an officer in the face after being told to stop hassling tourists to give him more money

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    A costumed Spider-Man accused of slugging a police officer in Times Square says superhero and comic characters are key ingredients of the flavor of the Crossroads of the World.

    Junior Bishop spoke after a brief, procedural court appearance Thursday. He said Times Square's costumed characters, ticket agents and others who interact with passersby "make it what it is."

    He says children enjoy seeing him and other costumed figures, and "it's all positive."

    Bishop was arrested Saturday on assault and other charges.

    Bratton Looks to Regulate Costumed Characters in TImes Square

    [NY] Bratton Looks to Regulate Costumed Characters in TImes Square
    NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton met with local leaders to discuss concerns affecting the Times Square area, including the costumed Elmos and Cookie Monsters that pose for photos with children. Rob Schmitt reports

    Police said the 25-year-old punched an officer in the face after being told to stop hassling tourists to give him more money than they offered for photos with him. He denies demanding more money.

    Recent reports of costumed characters behaving boorishly have spurred calls for regulation.