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Yet Another Hometown Batman Arrested

The Bradford Batman at the police station.

The real-life superhero thing doesn’t seem to be going out of fashion, and local Batmans (Batmen?) are popping up all over the place, including across the pond in Britain. Stan Worby, a Chinese food delivery driver who doubles as a self-styled superhero, has been arrested in Bradford for allegedly burglarizing a garage.

According to reports, it appears that Worby, unable to stick to the pressures of life as a virtuous masked vigilate, has crossed over to the dark side. Last month, Worby chose the law over loyalty when he turned in his friend, 27-year-old wanted burglary suspect Danny Frayne, to police. According to Worby, Frayne was tired of running and wanted to turn himself in. Still, Worby was proud of his act of valor: ”I said to the policeman, ‘I deserve a medal, I’m a caped crusader’,” he told the Guardian.

Now Worby, 39, is charged–along with Frayne–with stealing £770 worth of power tools out of a garage. He pleaded not guilty and was released on bail. Even before his arrest, the Bradford Batman, perhaps aware of his inner criminal, seemed uncomfortable with being hailed as a hero, insisting that he’s just a regular guy who happens to own a Batman outfit: ”I’m no superhero. I eat kebabs. I never run anywhere. The furthest I walk is from my house to my car.”

While Worby may be the hero that nobody needs or deserves, there are some local superheroes who have their priorities straight. It’s no secret that our favorite Batman lives in Petoskey, Michigan. Shortly after giving an interview to Crime Library, he managed to beat charges of interfering with police and go back to patrolling the mean streets of his Gotham-on-Lake-Michigan and educating people about safety.

The Legal Troubles of Real Life Super Heroes