Cops: 'Captain America' Tried His Hand at Burglary

The reason David Hobbs was busted in superhero garb? 'Unknown'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2019 8:20 AM CDT
Cops: 'Captain America' Tried His Hand at Burglary
David Hobbs.   (Clarksdale Police Department, via The Smoking Gun)

He's the superhero we didn't know we needed. OK, maybe we didn't even really need him, but here he is. The Smoking Gun introduces us to 36-year-old David Hobbs, who cops say was busted early Monday as he tried to break into a backyard shed in Clarksdale, Miss. But it's not the alleged burglary he's being charged with that's elevating his headline in news feeds: It's the fact that, after he tripped an alarm, he was caught by the homeowner wearing a Captain America outfit, police say. TSG cites "some unknown reason" for his get-up.

The homeowner, a former Marine and corrections officer, tells WREG he held the oddly attired interloper down until cops arrived. He says the suspect also had fairy wings on when he was placed under arrest. In fact, other locals tell the station that Hobbs is regularly seen in alleyways and has tried to get into other sheds before, though in those instances he was always dressed as a mere mortal. "Normally, I see him, [he's] straggly looking with jeans and a T-shirt or something like that," one woman says. The Mississippi Department of Corrections notes Hobbs is serving a three-year probation term for a grand larceny charge. Hobbs is now in Coahoma County Jail on a $25,000 bond. (More weird crimes stories.)

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