Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, August 15, 2013
Not everyone was thrilled recently when a Pennsylvania man dressed up like a ninja to patrol the streets of his hometown.
Todd Kapcsos, a 19-year-old from Johnstown, Pa., was arrested July 15 on charges of loitering, prowling at night and disorderly conduct after sneaking around town while dressed from head-to-toe in black. He was in court Wednesday to waive his right to a preliminary hearing.
According to The Associated Press, Kapcsos was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, long shirt, mask and pair of gloves, and carrying a baseball bat when some elderly residents of the suburban Pittsburgh town were alarmed by his actions.
Kapcsos, however, claims that he was just trying to help the local police catch bad guys.
“I dressed up in all black, snuck around, went through bushes,” Kapcsos told local NBC affiliate WJAC-TV. ”I was practicing some ninja moves — ball, looking like a rock, just hiding in the shadows.”
Chris Trevino, a Johnstown resident who called the police on Kapcsos, didn’t buy his explanation about the ninja moves.
“It looked like he was trying to break into homes, not like he was trying to save the world. He was running like a ninja, not like a normal person jogging. He was going back and forth, creeping,” she told WJAC-TV.
According to WJAC-TV, there have been several high-profile crimes in the Johnstown neighborhood that Kapcsos was patrolling, the last of which was a homicide at a local car wash three weeks after Kapcsos’ arrest.