HOLLYWOOD – A Hollywood Boulevard street performer in a Spider-Man getup was arrested today on warrants when police were called to put down a dispute near the Hollywood & Highland complex, where the costumed man allegedly punched someone.

The fight in the 6800 block of Hollywood Boulevard was reported about 12:30 p.m., and Christopher Loomis, 39, was arrested on misdemeanor warrants for Metro fare evasion, according to officers at the Hollywood Station and the Los Angeles Times.

Whoever was punched — it was apparently an acquaintance — declined to seek charges against Loomis, an officer at the Hollywood Station said. He was booked and held in lieu of $5,500 bail, police said.

The arrest wasn’t the first for people who dress up as movie characters to pose with tourists for photographs along Hollywood Boulevard.

Two years ago, police convened a meeting to discuss what to do about problems caused by the entrepreneurs after someone in a Chewbacca outfit allegedly head-butted a tour guide, who complained about the character’s pressuring Japanese doing tours of Los Angeles for money.

Photo: LA Times

From Wire Service Reports