November 17, 2009
35698 HOLLYWOOD CALIFORNIA November 12, 2009 . A spider-man impersonator was arrested on outstanding criminal warrants Wednesday after an incident in which he allegedly slugged a man near the Hollywood & Highland complex. When the Police arrived they where confronted with 4 Spidermen, they eventually found the right one. Costumed impersonators portraying the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Superman, SpongeBob SquarePants and most recently Michael Jackson and others have worked on Hollywood Boulevard for years. They collect tips from tourists by posing for pictures. Sometimes the fun has turned violent. Tourists have complained that some costumed characters become abusive when the tourists refuse to pay them to pose for pictures. There have also been brawls. Two years ago, authorities convened a superhero summit designed to reduce tensions among the performers. The meeting was prompted in part by an incident in which LAPD officers arrested a Star Wars street performer in his furry brown Chewbacca costume for allegedly head-butting a tour guide who complained about the impersonator's treatment of Japanese tourists.In other incidents, actors dressed as the superhero Mr. Incredible, Elmo the Muppet and the dark-hooded character from the movie Scream were arrested for aggressive begging. A man dressed as the horror film character Freddy Krueger was also taken into custody for allegedly stabbing someone, although no charges were filed.