A tattooed Joker look-alike with green hair was arrested in the Miami, Florida area, on Tuesday, after he allegedly pointed a loaded gun at cars. The man who was arrested by the Miami-Dade police, Lawrence Patrick Sullivan, 29, had “F**** Batman” tattooed across one half of his forehead and “Joker” tattooed across the other half.
According to the New York Daily News, when terrified drivers in Miami saw Sullivan, who resembled The Dark Knight villain, The Joker, standing and pointing a handgun at passing cars, they notified the police. By the time police officers arrived on the scene, Sullivan had fled, but the Miami-Dade police were able to track his whereabouts down and confronted the suspect, questioning and arresting him at the Hammocks Place Apartments.
CBS News reported that when Sullivan was confronted by the police, they found in his pocket a Smith & Wesson handgun loaded “with six live rounds” in it. According to the Miami Herald, the suspect lives at his mother’s residence and he listed “tattoo model” as his job.
Miami’s 7News reported that Sullivan was allegedly pointing a gun at cars on Southwest 104th Street and Hammocks Boulevard. Sullivan told the police he did not have a permit for the handgun “because ‘it’s too expensive.'” Sullivan has a past criminal history, though he has not previously been arrested for committing any violent acts. In 2013, he was arrested on a charge of possessing marijuana.
The Miami-Dade police charged the Joker look-alike, Sullivan “with carrying a concealed firearm.” During a court appearance on Wednesday, a judge set Sullivan’s bond “at $5,000.” The suspect posted bond and is currently out of jail on his own recognizance.
When Sullivan got out of jail he disputed the charge regarding carrying a concealed firearm. He said that the gun was in his name, adding that it was not “a dirty gun.” Sullivan wondered why that warranted being charged with committing “a felony.”
The reporter Sullivan was speaking to told him he did not have a permit. The suspect responded, “F**** the permit. We live in America.” Sullivan stated that he had been held in the psych ward of the jail. He mentioned he was treated well, and had his own cell. Sullivan told the reporter interviewing him he had been “treated like a celebrity while behind bars.”
Sullivan’s sister was also interviewed. She said that her brother was “just playing a character.” She said she warned him that people were going to “take it the wrong way.”
On Wednesday, the Joker look-a-like paid a bond of $5,000, which he paid. No date has been set for his trial on the charges of having a concealed weapon and without having a permit to carry one.
By John Samuels
Photo Courtesy Miami-Dade Police