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Police: Man dressed as Power Ranger pointed fake gun at South Tampa pool

Upon searching the suspect, police discovered two fake guns. [Photo courtesy of the Tampa Police Department]
Upon searching the suspect, police discovered two fake guns. [Photo courtesy of the Tampa Police Department]

TAMPA — A man wearing a red Power Ranger costume was detained Thursday after Tampa police said he pointed a gun at another man at a South Tampa swimming pool.

Officers were called about 3 p.m to Bobby Hicks Pool at 4120 W Mango Ave. A caller told police that a man dressed in a Power Ranger costume pointed a gun at someone.

When officers arrived they said they found Justin Duarte in a car preparing to leave. When officers searched him, they found two fake guns, police said.

Duarte was accused of pointing a gun at someone and making a threatening statement. The victim, who was not identified, ran. Duarte, 24, was questioned but later released.

Police said the matter would be referred to the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office to determine if Duarte should face criminal charges.

Power Rangers is a long-running TV series and toy line based on a 1970s Japanese TV show. Police did not specify which iteration of red Power Ranger that Duarte purported to be.

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