Real-life Batman ties thieves to lamppost and paints faces with Joker make-up

A group of alleged robbers were found tied to a lamppost with their faces painted like Batman's arch-nemesis the Joker this week.

This strange act of a possible vigilante was discovered in the Rio Bravo area of Mexico.

The two criminal suspects were found being forced to stand, while being tied to separate posts on the opposite sides of the road on the border with Texas.

A man was found shirtless and had "soy rata", which means "I am a thief" in Spanish, spray-painted on his chest.

The female had "por rata", or "for being a thief", on her forehead.

They were attached to the post with duct tape.

According to local reports, the woman identified herself as Luz Magaly and managed to free herself, before local police caught up with her.

The man said, in a video that went viral on social media in Mexico: "I went after the woman.

"I took her purse. It was easy. I grabbed the purse to flee

"Right now there is no work and there is no money. It was easy for me to do that," he added.

"I beg for the woman forgiveness. I was not right in the head. I was under the influence of drugs. I am very sorry.

"Please forgive me."

The batman-like hero behind it struck again over the weekend, when they tied four young men together and painted their faces like Joker, too.

They had their hands bound with tape and were forced to march shirtless along a main road.

Tamaulipas State Attorney General's Office has yet to comment on the incidents.

This is not the first time an incident like this has happened.

In 2019, vigilantes struck in a similar fashion, after an alleged thief was held down and the phrase "por rata" was branded onto the upper back of the man with a hot, custom iron plate.

That act took place on a street in Ecatepec, a town north of Mexico City.

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