Man in Joker makeup arrested at Florida theater
September 6, 2012 -- Updated 0933 GMT (1733 HKT)
Christopher Sides was arrested in a Melbourne, Florida, movie theater.
- Man's face painted like the Joker from the Batman movies
- A caller reports him acting suspiciously at a movie theater
- Police discover a warrant for his arrest and take him into custody
(CNN) -- Police arrested a man wearing "Joker" makeup at a Florida movie theater Wednesday after someone reported the man acting suspiciously, the Melbourne Police Department said.
When police arrived at the Premiere Theatre, they found 21-year-old Christopher Sides with his face painted like the Joker from the Batman movies and his hair dyed pink.
They discovered a warrant for his arrest for failure to appear on a previous misdemeanor charge and took him into custody, police said.
The incident caused extra concern because of the July shooting at a Colorado movie theater in which suspect James Holmes, with his hair dyed various shades of orange, identified himself to police as the Joker. The shooting happened at the premiere of the latest Batman movie and left 12 people dead.
Holmes sought help before shooting
Melbourne police said a caller first reported the man at 10:34 a.m. Wednesday, saying he was pacing back and forth in front of and then inside the theater.
Police said they found Sides as he was exiting the theater. They said he made no threats while he was there and cooperated while being arrested.
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