By Jennifer Tomazic
PITTSBURGH (WPXI/CNN) - Spiderman is supposed to be a superhero, but police in Pittsburgh say one man dressed in a Spidey costume broke the law. He was arrested after being accused of trying to rob a store early Friday morning.
A college student dressed as Spiderman questioned police about his arrest while WPXI-TV cameras were rolling. Pittsburgh police say it didn't take long to find their unmistakable robbery suspect early Friday morning.
His real name is Jonathan Hewson, and his roommates say the arrest is a mistake.
"I don't think he would ever consider robbing a store," said his friend, Chris Esposito.
Police say just after 1 a.m. A fully-masked Spiderman went into the Atwood Express and yelled "how much money you got?" The clerk told police he felt threatened and pulled out a taser and tried to fire it at Spiderman.
Police say it scared the superhero and he ran off. Less than a half hour later, police spotted him down the street where WPXI cameras were the only ones to catch up with him.
"He was just hanging out with a bunch of friends, running around in a Spiderman costume, and it just was misinterpreted as somebody who was robbing a store, but I do not think that's what actually happened," said Esposito.
Esposito says his friend dresses up like Spiderman all the time and he was surprised to hear what he was accused of.
"He's a Spiderman enthusiast. He's a college kid and college kids do strange things," he said.
But police say there is surveillance video of what happened. No one was hurt in the incident.
The student is facing robbery charges and was ordered held on $50,000 bond.