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November 16, 2013

'Batkid' fighting crime in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — Crooks beware! Batkid was fighting crime yesterday on the mean streets of San Francisco.

With the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the city, 5-year-old Miles Scott, aka Batkid, took off from Union Square in the morning in one of two Batmobiles — black Lamborghinis with Batman decals. Police escorted the Lamborghinis and closed off roads as they sped to their first caper: a damsel in distress on a cable car track.

By midday, the Batkid’s adventure had become a sensation on Twitter, with even the White House chiming in with its support.

At the cable car rescue, hundreds of people jostled for space, as the boy dressed in a Batman costume and accompanied by an adult Batman impersonator emerged from the Lamborghini to rescue a woman. Miles is a leukemia patient who’s now in remission.

He looked overwhelmed and was bashful, though he was seen later in the day giving high-fives to onlookers. The damsel sat on the street in a dress and thigh-high black boots. She had a handkerchief around her mouth and her hands were bound behind her back. Batman and Batkid sprang into action, with the aid of a trampoline, as the crowd roared.

They rescued the woman and disabled a plastic replica bomb she was tied to.

The two masked superheroes then took off to nab the Riddler as he robbed a downtown bank.

A flash mob will summon Batkid later in the day for another crime — the diabolical kidnapping of the San Francisco Giants mascot — Lou Seal — by the Penguin. A grateful Mayor Ed Lee will give Miles a key to the city after the crooks are corralled.

“When you have an illness, it’s very important to know you have a support system,” said Gina Futrell, 51, who was going to take part in the flash mob. Futrell has multiple sclerosis. “I have an extremely strong support system, and I hope he does too. He’s such a little hero.”

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