They have names like Moon Dragon, Geist, and Purple Reign. They wear ski masks, gas masks, or, occasionally, no mask at all. They are the Real Life Super Heroes, civilians who dress up in costumes and head out into the night for some comic-book inspired crime fighting, and sometimes their quests for justice land them in legal hot water.
A mystery man in Bradford, England, seems to have picked up the mantle of the Dark Knight. He did not reveal his true identity, but just turned over his prisoner, wrapped up business with police and disappeared into the night.
Much to the relief of his 5,895 fans on Facebook, the Petoskey Batman announced Wednesday that all but one of the charges against him have been dropped. The Petoskey Batman, known in court records as Mark Williams, was arrested in September on a felony charge of obstructing police in in an investigation.
Far from Gotham, Mark Wayne Williams patrols his Michigan town with a mission: to remind people that they, too, can play a role in preventing and reporting crime. Now, after his most recent arrest, Williams is facing serious prison time. Williams opens up to Crime Library about his case, his views and law and justice, and why he does what he does.
Mark Wayne Williams, a man better known as ‘Batman’ in the Northern Michigan town of Petoskey, pleaded not guilty today to a felony charge of obstructing police in an investigation. The charge stems from a September incident in which police arrived at an auto accident where one of the drivers had fled the scene, and were using the help of a canine to track down the offending vehicle. By the time they got there, cops say Williams was already on the scene, dressed as Batman.
Every town needs a superhero, and Petoskey, Mich., is blessed with Mark Wayne Williams, 33. Dubbing himself the Petoskey Batman, Williams spends his nights, according to his Facebook page, “fighting Petoskey’s crime and bringing real criminals to justice.” Police aren’t always on board with Williams’ noble cause, however. On Saturday, Williams was arrested for allegedly interfering with police in an investigation.