News Costumed characters in Times Square standoff with man, all three charged with assault By ALISON FOX email@example.com @AlisonFox Updated September 14, 2014 9:28 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email A Batman and Spider-Man allegedly got into a fight with a passerby in Times Square over the weekend -- the latest in a series of contentious incidents that has sparked controversy involving the costumed characters. The Saturday night dispute was between the two characters -- 41-year-old Jose Escalona-Martinez and 35-year-old Abdel Elkahezai -- and 23-year-old Brooklyn resident Thomas Rorke, police said. The men allegedly started throwing punches at each other before Elkahezai, as Spider-Man, fled. Rorke was with a friend who walked away, police said. It was not clear if he was involved in the dispute. All three men were charged with assault, police said. Escalona-Martinez and Elkahezai were awaiting arraignment yesterday. Rorke was given a desk appearance ticket and released. By ALISON FOX firstname.lastname@example.org @AlisonFox Alison covers law enforcement and breaking news. She previously worked at The Wall Street Journal, and has a master’s degree from Northwestern University and bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.