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article imageAnime cosplayer attending NebrasKon mistaken for armed robber

By Can Tran     Nov 5, 2012 in Odd News
Omaha - An anime convention attendee dressed like a "Resident Evil" character was mistaken by police as an armed robber. With a proper explanation, police allowed the person to go.
Last weekend, the annual anime convention in Omaha, Nebraska called “Anime NebrasKon” was held. This annual event is hosted by the Nebraska Japanese Animation Society which lasts for three days. Attendance was in the four figures. At such events, attendees usually dress up or “cosplay” as their favorite anime, comic, TV, movie, or video game characters. Attendee Jonathan Menough was one of those very attendees. He chose to dress up as a character from Capcom's popular survival/dramatic horror series “Resident Evil.”
From the way Menough was dressed, it seemed he was dressed as STARS member Chris Redfield. He had his “weapons” and “gear” on hand. However, Menough didn't think about putting the gear away when he had to make a run to the bank. As a result, Menough was stopped by police officers. Since Menough had his “weapons” on his person, police officers had their guns drawn on him. Authorities mistook Menough as an armed bank robber.
So far Menough said that the police were doing their job. He went and complied with the officers' orders.
Menough explained that he was dressed up for NebrasKon. He further explained how people dress up in costume and so forth. As a result, the cops let Menough go. In this respect, this whole situation could have been avoided if Menough remembered to have somebody hold onto his “gear” while he made a run to the bank.
So far, nobody was hurt and no arrests have been made. This did get the attention of the local media which in turn ended up on anime websites such as Crunchy Roll. This serves as a reminder to remember to be careful on how you look to others, especially if and when you are in costume.
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