Darth Vader Arrested on Weapons Charges
This story starts out funny, but turns creepy: blasters are fictional weapons, so the Darth impersonator surely should not be charged with possessing an "unregistered firearm": how could Darth have registered it? It's not a weapon.
While LA might have a relaxed attitude to fancy dress, one Oz wannbe Darth Vader found that cops Down Under are less impressed. Said fan was making his way to a 30th anniversary photo shoot earlier today "dressed in black and carrying a backpack with a replica laser blaster poking out the side" when he "alarmed diners at a food court in central Melbourne".
According to Reuters, the 32-year-old was quickly "surrounded by armed police, forced to the ground, and handcuffed", and will now be charged with possessing an unregistered firearm. As Vader himself might have put it: "Do not underestimate the power of the Force".
The man, on his way to pose for photos for the MX commuter
newspaper, sat stunned on the ground after being handcuffed by police.
His bag was searched and the fake gun found as well as a Star Wars suit.
He was taken to the St Kilda Rd Police Complex for questioning.
Police will charge the man on summons for possessing an unregistered firearm, despite it being a replica.