Teen tells police: I’m Batman’
By Patrick McArdle
STAFF WRITER | May 06,2013
MANCHESTER — A Londonderry teenager told staff at the Equinox Resort and Spa in Manchester that he was there looking for Superman before running off wearing only socks and underwear. He later identified himself to police as Batman, police said.
Patrick L. Cote-Abel, 18, pleaded innocent last week in Bennington criminal court to a felony count of unlawful trespass of an occupied home, two misdemeanor charges of simple assault on a police officer and one misdemeanor count each of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
In an affidavit, Cpl. James Blanchard of the Manchester Police Department said police became involved in the incident around 4 a.m. Sunday when they were notified of a man who was trying to break into a home while the family was inside.
As police drove to the area, they were told the man, who was described as “large, heavy-set” and wearing a tie-dyed T-shirt, had left the area and had been seen running south on West Road.
Blanchard said he and Officer Joshua Steere were unable to find the man. Blanchard decided to check with the staff at the nearby Equinox hotel to see if they had seen anything that could help. When he went inside, he saw a man, later identified as Cote-Abel, sitting in the lobby.
According to Blanchard, Cote-Abel was not wearing pants or shoes.
Blanchard said he tried to speak with Cote-Abel but Cote-Abel became aggressive and swung his fist at Blanchard, although Blanchard said he was able to avoid being struck.
Cote-Abel ran for the door of the hotel and while Blanchard struggled with him, Cote-Abel was able to escape, the affidavit said. Blanchard said Cote-Abel’s T-shirt was “ripped off” in the struggle, leaving him running east on Union Street wearing only socks and underwear.
While Blanchard said officers told Cote-Abel to stop and that he was under arrest many times, he continued to attempt to escape, swinging his fists at both Blanchard and Steere, according to the affidavit.
Cote-Abel was only taken under control after police used pepper spray and two sets of handcuffs, Blanchard said.
While being escorted to the police car, Cote-Abel told police he was Batman, according to the affidavit.
The security officer at the Equinox later told police that Cote-Abel had come into the hotel, walked to the front desk and asked if they had a reservation for Superman at the Apokolips.
In Superman stories, the superhero is often opposed by the villain Darkseid, ruler of Apokolips.
Steere also spoke to the residents of the home on West Road that Cote-Abel allegedly tried to enter. Family members said Cote-Abel came to their home and knocked on the front window around 3:45 a.m., asked for someone named “James,” and attempted to get into the house through the garage before he was chased off.
Cote-Abel was released Monday without bail. Although Blanchard didn’t say police suspected Cote-Abel of being under the influence of alcohol during the incident, the court ordered him to submit to an Alco-Sensor test if requested by a law enforcement officer.
Bennington County Deputy State’s Attorney Alexander Burke said Friday the issue of Cote-Abel’s competency to face criminal charges was not raised.