All the people in this selection share one thing – they’ve all been arrested while they were disguised!
Some were under the influence of drugs or alcohol, others just used their costume to commit different crimes. Well, some fun for the cops I guess…
My favourite is the woman disguised in a cow.
Michele Allen, 32, of Middletown, Ohio, was arrested after neighbors reported witnessing her chasing children, blocking traffic, and urinating on a porch. The officer who arrested the belligerent bovine says she smelled of alcohol. Allen was charged with disorderly conduct.
Spencer Taylor of Three Rivers, Michigan, was arrested on July 27th, 2008 for trying to steal Batman paraphernalia from the lobby of a cinema. Taylor, dressed as Batman's nemesis the Joker in a purple cape and fearsome face paint, was restrained by theater employees until police arrived.
Fares Baroudi, 25, was pulled over in Tampa two days before Halloween in 2007. He was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, and later released on bond.
On Halloween of 2005 Vanessa Molina, 23, entered a Washington Mutual Bank in Lacey, Washington. Clad in head-to-toe witch attire, Molina demanded cash. The startled teller handed her the cash, but not without a surprise Halloween treat. As Molina made her escape from the bank, a red dye pack hidden in the money exploded in a puff of smoke, forcing her to abandon her loot. The felonious sorceress was later arrested, tried and sentenced to 13 years in prison for the Halloween heist along with a string of other, albeit plainclothes, holdups in the Olympia, Washington area.
From the mug shot collections at TheSmokingGun.com comes this young man, dressed as a misguided pop princess, with big sad doe eyes to match.
Unemployed Oregonian Dusten Jacob Williams, 20, was caught red-faced on April 24th, 2006, waving a gun around outside a middle school. According to police, Williams pressed the weapon, a BB gun made to resemble a Glock, into the stomach of a student. He then rode away on his skateboard, but was nabbed a few blocks away.
Convicted sex offender Mark E. Perk, 40, of Chicago must have gotten his inspiration from Loony Tunes when he came up with a scheme to fool the Chicago police, who maintain a registry of sex offenders to keep neighbors informed of who is dwelling next door. When Perk showed up to pose for the pervert catalog, he wore a wig, fake mustache and glasses. However, the ruse didn't last long. A neighbor's search of the sex offender database uncovered the real Mark E. Perk beneath the wig and specs.
In Key West, Florida, police arrested a street performer known as "Gold Man" on a warrant for the charge of selling crack cocaine to an undercover cop. When he's not entertaining tourists, "Gold Man" goes by Daryl Brooks, and apparently spends his days chasing all that glitters.
In another case of pre-Halloween lawlessness, 21-year-old Will Johnson was arrested in Savannah, Georgia, on October 30th 2005 for running around in traffic, performing pelvic thrusts, screaming profanities at cars and otherwise causing a commotion, all while dressed up as Lion-O from Thundercats. For those unfamiliar with the classic cartoon, a Lion-O costume involves a blue leotard and an orange mane-wig. And, of course, feline face paint.
Wearing more of a lifestyle than a costume, Samuel McGilton of West Virginia was arrested after security cameras captured the 72-year-old pleasuring himself in a public library; he claimed he was just pleasure … reading.