I don’t know what it is about us men. If you give us anything remotely Lightsaber shaped, we’ll pretend we’re a Jedi. Give us a giant keyboard on the floor and we’ll become Tom Hanks in Big. Give us an ATV and a sawed-off, well you know we’re damn well going to act like Mad Max! Which is exactly one California man was recently arrested for doing.
Earlier this week, the San Bernadino Sheriff’s Department arrested a 39-year-old man for apparently doing some serious end of the world cosplaying. Californian Jack Lee Ernest was spotted by a deputy riding around on his ATV close to midnight.
As the deputy attempted to pull him over, Ernest attempted to flee, presumably because of the sawed-off shotgun, brass knuckles and large knives he was carrying with him.
Per the Sheriff’s report:
On June 22, 2017 at approximately 11:00 p.m., Deputy Kenneth Bubier observed a Quad being operated on Old Highway 58 in Barstow. Due to the suspicious late hour, Bubier conducted a traffic stop on the Quad and contacted the rider, Jack Lee Ernest. Ernest originally attempted to flee and behaved so suspiciously he was detained. During a pat down search of Mr. Ernest’s person, Bubier located numerous illegal weapons, the most serious and deadly being an illegally sawed-off shotgun, with ammunition tactically attached to it for easy access. Bubier also located illegal “brass knuckles” and two large knives which Ernest had positioned for tactical access. Ernest claimed he fashioned himself as “Mad Max”, a reference to a violent movie involving deadly assaults from vehicles. Bubier arrested Ernest for possession of illegal weapons. Ernest was booked at the Barstow Jail with bail set at $30,000.00. The quad was towed and stored by a local tow company used by the Sheriff’s department.
Here’s hoping that he wasn’t actually looking to reenact any of the actual scenes on unsuspecting drivers.
The hardcore cosplayer was arrested for the possession of illegal weapons and booked on $30,000 bail.
Sounds to me like the guy was just getting some practice in for the inevitable end of the world we’ll likely be seeing in the next few years. Either that or he was really early for the Wasteland Warrior Weekend.
What do you think? Have you ever thought about going full on Max Rockatansky? Do you ever pretend to be your favorite hero? Let us know below!