The VIPER – A Real Live Capped Crime Fighter

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In a town where they’ve engraved “justice” and “honor” on the public square, a new word, a new name is the talk of Columbia.
Bike shop owner A.C. Howell says “the Viper, I believe. Isn’t he the Masked Viper?”
Yes, the Viper. He’s a man police found patrolling the public square with an arsenal of equipment, including plastic sticks and ninja throwing stars. His goal? Find crime and report it to police. Officers spotted him outside the wheel last week.
The bike shop’s owner couldn’t help but chuckle.
Mr. Howell says “I don’t know. He needs something to do. Probably needs a job. I hope he’s looking out for my benefit. I hope he’s guarding my store.”
For what it’s worth, Columbia police didn’t want to talk about The Viper today. But a lieutenant once told the
paper in town they’re doing just fine without any caped crusading.
Columbia resident Laura Truelove says “I wasn’t sure how to take it at first.”
As word of the viper spreads, plenty of people want to know what would possess the 20-year-old to pick up an alter ego.
Ms. Truelove says “I hope it’s just coming from an aspect that he’s just wanting to do something fun and maybe entertaining to grab some attention.”
By phone, the Viper said it’s a matter of pride. He told the Columbia Daily Herald, quote, “I am just a guy trying to do what’s right in tights”. The Viper is a college student and a fan of comic books.
And only he knows when his pursuit of peace will continue.
Mr. Howell says “I welcome him to Columbia. I hope he does some good.”