There were stories floating around several years back about young kids playing with fake guns causing a big commotion when the police thought they were the real deal. Well, this story from Komo News is sort of like the geek version of that whole fuss. Here’s how it went down:
A guy named Jay was taking part in a “Zombie Crawl”, an event which leads up to an upcoming horror convention in the Seattle area. The idea was to come dressed and made up as a zombie… harmless fun, right? Well Jay made an interesting choice and decided to cosplay as an Umbrella soldier from the zombie-infested Resident Evil series. The getup included everything you might expect to find on a commando: fake grenades, a fake combat knife, an assault rifle, as well as the whole paramilitary getup. Considering he was one of the first people to arrive at the event, and he wasn’t a zombie per se, it’s not too surprising what happened next.
A store owner was worried the man was an armed gunman coming to rob the place or do something even worse. Cops were called and they came… with force. A veritable army of police deployed from around a dozen cars and quickly took Jay into custody. Fortunately, the misunderstanding was quickly cleared up without any violence or any arrests and all parties involved were understanding about the mixup.