• Man dressed as The Joker to face judge after arrest at Melbourne movie theater


    BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - WFTV found out a man who was arrested Wednesday after he walked into a Melbourne movie theater dressed as the infamous Batman villain, The Joker, is being held in the jail's mental health ward.

    Police said Christoper Sides, 21, of Cocoa, was arrested on a warrant for a previous felony charge.

    Sides is scheduled to face a judge Thursday morning.

    WFTV learned Sides has been involuntarily committed for mental health issues three times in the last three years.

    Sides was arrested Wednesday morning after theater-goers reported a man wearing Joker-like makeup at the Premiere Theater on West Hibiscus Boulevard. The caller said the man was pacing outside the theater before entering the building.

    Police said they confronted Sides as he was leaving through the front doors of the theater. According to police, Sides had purchased a ticket to see "The Expendables 2."

    Police said they learned Sides, who had bright pink hair and white and black face paint, had a warrant for his arrest for failure to appear on a previous misdemeanor charge. He was taken into custody for the warrant and transported to the Brevard County Jail.

    Police said Sides made no threats at the theater and was cooperative with officers. He did not have any weapons on him, police said.

    However, Sides gave investigators no explanation for his hair and face paint and claimed he had no knowledge of the massacre in which James Holmes is suspected of killing 12 people in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater during a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" in July.

    WFTV was there when Sides was taken to jail. Reporter Kevin Oliver said Sides was grinning ear-to-ear with makeup running down his face, even sticking his tongue out at WFTV's camera.

    WFTV's Renee Stoll spoke with some of Sides' friends Wednesday night.

    One man said he doesn't think Sides would be capable of hurting anyone, while others disagreed, calling him unstable, with a past to prove it.

    "I didn't think he was that type, but I knew he was weird," said one friend.

    Former neighbors of Sides said they could never forget a neighbor like him. They said he caused a lot of trouble before he was evicted.

    "He dressed like a female. He walked around like a girl," said Trina Kitchen.

    "I cleaned this unit out and there were sex toys in here and everything, so he was weird," said former neighbor David Springer.

    "He was very unstable, swinging samurai swords. He's had a lot of confrontations with a lot of the neighbors," said former neighbor Joe Astrologo.

    But one friend of Sides said he is just misunderstood.

    "He was never a violent person, just an exhibitionist is the best way to put it. [He] liked the attention," said Sides' friend.

    Sides' bail amount is set at $5,555.

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