What’s the first thing you do when a man in costume asks you if you’re in need off assistance? Well, according to what occurred to 23 year-old New Jersey resident, and Real Life Superhero, Matthew Argintar you call the police and have the man arrested.
Mansfield Township police arrested Argintar, known under his superhero identity as Beast, last week after reports of an individual approaching customers at a local Home Depot asking them if they needed help. Police arrived on scene and arrested the unarmed ex-military policeman and charged him with “disorderly conduct and unlawful possession of handcuffs.” Argintar recently issued a statement disputing the charges saying:
“I’ve been doing this for months. I’ve been going out at night and doing this, and meanwhile the one time I decide to go out in the day…” Argintar said. “We are out there to try and inspire hope because that’s what the people need right now: hope… I’m not going out there looking for a fight.”
This could be a case of a social bias right now in America and abroad — masked individuals walking around in a real world Kick-Ass scenario — but you have to look at the other side as well. To some, “Beast” was seen as another possible menace looking for what could have been an opportunity to hurt or kill someone.
Argintar says he was looking to instill good will and kindness into others through his persona, even if the approach was what some would say is a wrongheaded way to go about it. Shame on the local media as well for calling him a “Batman look-alike”, the only thing he has in common is the fact that he was wearing a mask, nothing more and the media is just looking to literally scare up ratings by using the buzz word of the moment.
For his alleged crimes, Argintar may face up to seven months in county jail if convicted and is scheduled for a court appearance on August 21st in Mansfield Township Municipal Court.
Source: Bleeding Cool