Joker look-alike arrested after pointing gun at cars

MIAMI (WSVN) - A man who resembled a comic book villain appeared in bond court a day after being arrested for pointing a gun at drivers in southwest Miami-Dade.

According to Miami-Dade Police, 29-year-old tattoo model Lawrence Sullivan was arrested Wednesday after they said he was spotted waving a gun at drivers passing Southwest 104th Street and Hammocks Boulevard.

When police arrived, they said they noticed Sullivan resembled the well-known DC Comics villain the Joker, with green hair and tattoos covering his face, arms, and chest.

Police said they found a Smith & Wesson 380 Bodyguard in Sullivan’s pocket. Six rounds were in the magazine.

This is not Sullivan’s first brush with the law. In 2013, he was arrested for marijuana possession. However, in his 2013 arrest, he wasn’t as colorful as he is today.

Lawrence Sullivan, left: 2013, right: 2017. (Photos: Miami-Dade Corrections)

Sullivan’s bail was set at $5,000. He is currently out on bond.

While out on bond, Sullivan took the opportunity to explain to 7News why he got the unusual tattoos. “I had a hard life. My best friend died,” he said. “I was really depressed and sad, drinking, doing a lot of drugs, and in really a depressed state and point in my life, so I just tatted my whole face to forget about how I used to look, like reborn.”

He also said that the reason he had the gun was to protect himself. “I got death threats every single day,” Sullivan said. “People want to kill me. People want to kill my mom, so that’s why I had to buy a shotgun. That’s why I had to buy my little handgun when I walk.”

Sullivan was charged with carrying a concealed firearm.

When asked why he didn’t have a concealed weapons permit, Sullivan said that he never got one because it was too expensive.

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