The Man in the ‘Iron Man’ Mask Is the Latest Real-Life Superhero-Themed Bad Guy
The Iron Man-masked bank robber in Palm Beach, Florida (Photo courtesy of Palm Coast Observer/video)
This guy's got it all wrong: Iron Man is supposed to stop bank robberies, not commit them.
A Florida man brought shame to Tony Stark's crime-fighting legacy last week when he robbed a bank donning an Iron Man mask. According to Deadline, Flagler County Sheriffs say the bad guy pulled a gun in a Palm Beach Wells Fargo branch and demanded cash Thursday afternoon, perhaps in woefully misguided celebration of the news that Robert Downey Jr. had officially signed on for two more "Avengers" movies.
Evil Tony, skipping the armored suit in favor of a tan jumpsuit, boots and a backpack, stole away in a maroon colored car (which we're assuming wasn't an Audi R8) with Florida license plates.
'Evil' Iron Man, captured during a bank robbery (Photo: Splash News)
This isn't the first time that Iron Man has gone villain. The San Clemente Patch reports that the FBI is currently on the hunt for the "Iron Man Bandit," a masked man wanted for a holdup at a Citibank branch in San Clemente, California, on May 2, the day before "Iron Man 3" hit theaters in the U.S. He is described as white, in his 20s or 30s and about 5 feet 10 inches.
Some criminals opt to wear the Spider-Man mask (Photo: Universal)
Another perpetrator donned Spidey's alternate black-and-white costume when he robbed BB&T bank in Washington, D.C. on December 7 of last year, according to NBC Washington News. And another criminal doesn't even need a costume — Barry John Williams has earned the nickname of the 'Spiderman [sic] burglar' for his dexterity in climbing up drainpipes and scaling balconies in pulling off a series of Melbourne robberies that have netted him over $1.5 million since 2009.