A Miami man who looks like the Joker character from “The Dark Knight” has been arrested for allegedly pointing a loaded gun at passing cars. 29-year-old Lawrence Patrick Sullivan, who has green hair and Joker-esque fake tattoos, was charged Tuesday night for carrying a concealed firearm.
According to NBC 6 Miami, police found a Smith & Wesson handgun with six rounds in the magazine in Sullivan's pocket. He allegedly told an officer that he doesn’t have a gun permit because it’s too expensive.
"The gun's in my name, it's not a dirty gun. Why they gonna charge me with a felony?" Sullivan told NBC 6 after he was bonded from jail. The reporter responded that he doesn’t have a permit and Sullivan replied, "F**ck the permit. We live in America."
Sullivan is listed as a "tattoo model" on the arrest report. He spent at least one day in jail before being released. Sullivan told NBC 6 that he was treated like a celebrity behind bars. He also said he was in the psych ward section of the jail.
Sullivan's sister, who did not give her name, said she doesn’t think Sullivan would wave a gun around in traffic. "Yes he had a gun, but he wouldn't wave it around. … He's a character, he's just playing a character. I warned him that people would take it the wrong way."
In addition to the Joker mouth-scar tattoos, Sullivan bears a "Joker" tattoo and a Batman logo of sorts on his forehead.
Sullivan was given an assistant public defender, but he declined the state's services according to CBS News.
"I don't even feel like signing the paperwork right now. I am not in the mood for that," Sullivan said.
[Photo courtesy of Miami-Dade Corrections]