Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Man dressed as The Joker arrested at a Florida Theater

A wanted man dressed as the infamous Batman villain the Joker walked into a Melbourne movie theater on Wednesday and was arrested.

According to Melbourne police, a call came into the department reporting a man wearing Joker-like makeup at the Premiere Theater on West Hibiscus Boulevard.

The caller said the man was pacing outside the theater, and then entered the building. 

Police said they confronted Christopher Sides, 21, of Cocoa, as he was leaving through the front doors of the theater. According to police, Sides had purchased a ticket to see "The Expendables 2."

Police said they learned Sides, who had bright pink hair and white and black face paint, had a warrant for his arrest for failure to appear on a previous misdemeanor charge. He was taken into custody for the warrant and transported to theBrevard County Jail.

Police said Sides made no threats at the theater and was cooperative with officers. He did not have any weapons on him, police said.

However, Sides gave investigators no explanation for his hair and face paint and claimed he had no knowledge of the massacre that killed 12 people in Colorado a couple months ago. There, James Holmes is accused of killing 12 people during a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises."

WFTV was there when Sides was being taken to jail. Reporter Kevin Oliver said Sides was grinning ear to ear with makeup running down his face, even sticking his tongue out at WFTV's camera.

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