July 10, 2009

NYPD battle ‘Superman’ in Times Square

Police in New York said they arrested a man dressed as Superman and handcuffed a Batman in the city's Times Square.

Officers said Superman, secret identity Maksim Katsnelson, 23, of New York, became violent after police approached the Man of Steel and Batman, who by day uses the name Frank Frisoli of Maine, and asked them if they had licenses to perform on the street in costume, the New York Post reported Friday.

Frisoli was handcuffed by police after they discovered the men were not carrying any identification in their utility belts and Katsnelson allegedly punched a female officer in the face when she tried to stop him.

Witness Ryan McCormick said the Last Son of Krypton went down fighting.

The Man of Steel didn't go down with just two officers, it took seven officers! he said. He was putting up a good fight. Little kids were like, 'Mommy, it's Superman!'

Frisoli said the police let him go because he didn't cause any problems. Katsnelson was charged with assault and resisting arrest.