Prowling ninja says he was trying to help cops



JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - Everybody agrees that a 19-year-old western Pennsylvania man dressed up as a ninja and lurked near homes, but they disagree whether that's a good idea -- or legal.

That's why the man, Todd Kapcsos, of Johnstown, was in court Wednesday, waiving his right to a preliminary hearing on charges of loitering and prowling at night and disorderly conduct.

"There aren’t enough police officers. I think the community should do something other than sit back,” Kapcsos said.

Kapcsos said he meant no harm, and was just trying to help police catch the bad guys.

"I dressed up in all black and snuck around and went through bushes. Originally I was practicing some ninja techniques -- curling up in a ball, looking like a rock and just hiding in shadows,” Kapcsos said.

But neighbors who saw him sneaking around called police last month.

"He was running like a ninja, not like a normal person jogging.  He was going back and forth and creeping,” Chris Trevino told WJAC-TV. "It looked like he was trying to break into homes, not like he was trying to save the world."

Trevino said he watched Kapcsos hop into a bush, and that’s when he called the cops.

"He ninja-ran across the alley, ninja-ran down the alley, and he ran into the arms of the police officers,” Trevino said.

Police in Johnstown said they don't condone such behavior and that Kapcsos frightened some elderly residents who saw him sneaking around.