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'Spider-man' slugs cop in Times Square

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A man dressed as Spider-Man was arrested in Times Square. A man dressed as Spider-Man was arrested in Times Square.

A man dressed as Spider-Man was arraigned on charges he punched a police officer who told him to stop harassing tourists in Time Square.

Junior Bishop, 25, was arraigned Sunday on charges of assault, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. His bail was set at $3,500. Information on his attorney was not immediately available.

Police say the officer interceded after Bishop demanded at least $5 from a woman he posed for a picture with, instead of the $1 she offered.

The officer told the costumed man he could only accept tips -- not require payment.

Police say a yelling, cursing Bishop broke free from arrest after failing to produce ID and punched the officer in the face before being hauled away.

The officer was taken to NYU Langone Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries and released.

Several other characters were arrested after the incident including a 'Naked Cowboy' who was taken in on an outstanding warrant while visiting Spider-Man.

There is a long history of incidents with costumed characters at the Crossroads of the World. Some have been accused of harassing tourists including inappropriately touching them.

Earlier this month, a New York City councilman drafted a bill that would create a licensing system that includes background checks for the characters,

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