A 22-year-old man wearing a Spider-Man outfit was arrested last week after Merced police said he tried a steal a purse from a woman.
Daniel James Bradley was taken into custody not long after the incident, reported about 12:30 p.m. Saturday near V and 15th streets, according to Lt. Bimley West.
The victim, a 24-year-old woman, reported she had parked her car and had just exited it, when the suspect began staring at her and walked toward her, West said.
The suspect, who was wearing a brown-and-green jacket over his Spider-Man outfit, walked over and said "give me your purse," West said.
The woman told police she looked at the man and saw that he seemed to be holding something under his right sleeve, which appeared to be a gun. The woman ran, screaming for someone to call police, causing the would-be robber to run from the scene, police said.
He placed his jacket and a metal pipe he had been holding behind a bush. When an officer arrived on scene, he spotted the suspect jogging down the street. He was captured after a short foot pursuit, West said.
A witness saw the attempted robbery happen and identified Bradley as the suspect, police said. The victim also identified Bradley. When police questioned Bradley about why he was wearing the Spider-Man outfit, he replied it was part of his "disguise."
Bradley was booked at the Merced County Jail on suspicion of attempted robbery. He's being held in lieu of $65,000 bail.