Man with sword, dressed as Joker is arrested by Va. police

Photo of Putnam in custody from the Winchester Police Department.

WINCHESTER, Va. (AP/WNCN) – Police in Virginia have arrested a man who was dressed as comic book villain the Joker and was carrying a sword, officials said.

Putnam’s arrest mugshot. CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE

The arrest Friday afternoon came after police received several similar reports over the last week, officials said in a news release.

Winchester Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Hall said in a news release that the department got several 911 calls Friday afternoon reporting a man made up as Batman’s nemesis.

He was arrested around 2 p.m. wearing a cape and carrying a sword.

Jeremy Putman, 31, has been charged with wearing a mask in public, a felony that can result in a year in jail.

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Putman is being held at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center under a $2,000 secured bond.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Putman has a lawyer.

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