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Alleged would-be purse snatcher dressed as Spider-Man arrested

November 16, 2012 |  2:44 pm

A would-be purse snatcher dressed as Spider-Man could have used some superhero web-slinging skills when he attempted to rob a 24-year-old Merced woman, authorities said Friday.

Daniel James Bradley, 22, was taken into custody shortly after the victim ran away and screamed for someone to call the police.

Bradley was caught after a short foot pursuit Saturday, according to the Merced Sun-Star newspaper.

When officers asked him why he was wearing a Spider-Man costume, Bradley reportedly explained the outfit was part of his disguise.

The victim and a witness identified Bradley as the suspect despite his disguise, police said.

Bradley was booked at the Merced County Jail on suspicion of attempted robbery and was being held Friday in lieu of $65,000 bail.


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