A 22-year-old man wearing a Spiderman outfit was arrested this week by Merced police after he allegedly tried a steal a purse from a woman.
Daniel James Bradley was taken into custody not long after the incident, reported around 12:30 p.m. Nov. 10 near V and 15th streets, according to Lt. Bimley West.
The victim, a 24-year-old woman, reported she’d parked her car and had exited, 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 Spiderman outfit, allegedly walked over and said "give me your purse," West said.
The woman looked at the man and saw that he appeared to be holding something under his right sleeve, which appeared to be a gun. The woman ran, screaming for someone to call police. The suspect panicked and ran from the scene, police said.
The suspect placed his jacket and a metal pipe he'd been holding behind a bush. An officer arrived at the scene and spotted the suspect jogging down the street. The suspect ran after seeing the officer, but was captured after a short foot pursuit, West said.
West said a witness saw the attempted robbery happen, and identified Bradley as the suspect. The victim also identified Bradley. When police questioned Bradley about why he was wearing the Spiderman outfit, he replied it was part of his "disguise."
Bradley was booked into the Merced County Jail on suspicion of attempted robbery. He’s being held in lieu of $65,000 bail.
— Sun-Star staff