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Spider-Man and Batman Team Up to Fight Times Square Hecklers

Another day, another surreal altercation involving the people who solicit tourist dollars in Times Square while wearing costumes. This time, Spider-Man and Batman teamed up to take down a pair of rude pedestrians on Saturday night. The New York Post reports that the two men (also known as 41-year-old Jose Escalona-Martinez and 35-year-old Abdel Elkahezai) leapt into action when 23-year-old Thomas Rorke and his friend started making “sexually suggestive gestures” at them near Broadway and 44th Street. Punches were thrown, and Escalona-Martinez, Elkahezai, and Rorke all ended up arrested on assault charges. New York City Council member Andy King recently proposed legislation that would require Times Square’s characters to register for a $175 license, but we don’t see how that’s going to stop this kind of crowd-pleasing magic from occurring. 

Times Square Spider-Man & Batman Fight Hecklers