A photographer for KTLA-TV in Los Angeles was on assignment on Hollywood Boulevard’s “Walk of Fame” when he witnessed an unusual crime that could have been straight from a movie set.
But what Victor Vargas saw Tuesday afternoon was all too real.
Vargas let video roll as he watched a man, whom Vargas said yelled “I love Jesus Christ,” smash the windows of a Los Angeles Police Department cruiser parked at the curb about 1 p.m. near the intersection of Highland Avenue as pedestrians calmly walked by.
And none other than Superman and Darth Vader saw the whole thing, KTLA reported, adding that costumed actors regularly pose for tourist photos on the street.
The two caped bystanders did nothing to stop the attack.
Vargas called 911 about the man, who used metal construction stakes — one in each hand — to smash the police cruiser’s windows. Once he broke the front passenger window, the man reached in, removed a laptop computer, walked to kiosk near Vargas, opened it, and then looked right at the photographer.
“That’s when I really got nervous,” Vargas told KTLA.
Police arrived within minutes, pulled the man face down upon the sidewalk, and handcuffed him.
“I saw the whole thing,” the man dressed as Superman told KTLA.
But when asked why he, as Superman, didn’t do anything to stop the crime, the actor gave a very un-superhero-like response: “It’s not my job to jump in the middle.”
No information on the man arrested was immediately available, but KTLA reported that police said he will be charged with a felony.
Here are two news reports:
And here’s the raw video: