See the updated article below the horizontal line below. This user has removed all the videos he did of his illegal activity, probably due to police intervention. I wonder why vigilantes like Perverted-Justice can continue to do what they do, hindering police investigations, harassment, etc?
A man expecting to meet a 15-year-old girl he had groomed online for sex got a rude shock when a web vigilante dressed as Batman confronted him instead, shouting "this man is a pedophile".
The real-life Bruce Wayne had posed as a 15-year-old girl named Chwk.Babe95 in an online chat and arranged to meet the man, who went by the name longfellow88, in a local US park.
But it was the dark knight who appeared in place of the teenager and the man he found waiting in the park was accused of seeking sex with an underage girl.
"This guy is a paedophile. He's here for a 15-year-old girl," the masked man can be heard saying in Batman's trademark husky growl, as a camera films the confrontation.
The man swiftly left the park to the continued taunts of the cloaked figure. But five minutes later longfellow88 posted this message to Chwk.Babe95 from a smart phone: "Thanks for getting me to drive out here for nothing. I had a feeling it was a joke."
Some viewers on YouTube applauded Batman for confronting an online predator while others have condemned him for not calling the police.
Cops concerned about teen crime fighters
No that is not the person this story is about, but I thought it was relevant -->
By Tyler Olsen
Local teens dress up as super heroes to confront predators of under-aged girls met on the Internet
Batman has come to Chilliwack, but local police are less than enthusiastic about the masked avenger's attempts to expose men seeking dates with underaged girls.
In the past three weeks, three separate videos have been posted to YouTube which show a person dressed in a Batman costume confronting men purported to have arranged a meeting with someone they thought to be a 15 year-old. All three were filmed in Chilliwack.
- All he has deleted every one of them from his YouTube channel.
The first and second videos have received a combined total of more than 700,000 views. A third video- filmed at a local McDonalds and also featuring a person in a Flash costume-was posted Sunday and already had more than 60,000 views by noon on Monday.
The videos follow a pattern established by the discontinued and controversial American television series "To Catch A Predator." Video stills show transcripts of what appears to be a chat between a person posing as a 15-year-old girl and an older man. A meeting is arranged, at which point a man is confronted.
The people behind the videos agreed to an interview with the Times but then backed out.
"Due to reasons I cannot describe an interview is no longer possible thanks for your consideration," wrote the unidentified respondent Sunday.
The Times has learned that at least one of those behind the videos is a student at a local high school. The number of people involved in the creation of the videos, and their identities, are otherwise unknown.
They may be reluctant to speak because of the content of one of the first videos posted, which was later removed because, according to the videographers' Facebook site, "we didn't want to be seen impersonating a police officer."
The future of our channel is unknown. Due to police intervention we will be discontinuing the To Troll a Predator series. I hope those who viewed the videos shared many laughs with us while we could. Hope you can understand.
Indeed, Mounties told the Times Monday that the RCMP's serious crime unit is looking into the case.
RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth told the Times that the police "have one file [open] and are currently investigating."