In a Nebraska mall on Friday, a man wearing what some believed was an ISIS-inspired Halloween costume, complete with a toy rifle, sparked panic throughout the mall.
Oak View Mall was sponsoring their annual Monster Mash Bash in Omaha when parents and children became terrified when they saw a man wearing a black hooded robe while holding a duffel bag and a black rifle.
A woman who spotted him and snapped his picture and notified security. However, the costumed man disappeared before they arrived.
Once the photo went viral, the man came forward and claimed he was actually wearing an outfit inspired by the 2010 film “The Town.”
“I didn’t put nobody’s life in jeopardy, nor did I point the gun, nor did I scare little kids,” said Hugo Mendoza, who was at the event with his two daughters and girlfriend.
Mendoza said he did not mean to offend anyone, nor was he approached by security or any nervous guests.
“I understand where they’re coming from, but at the same time, it’s whatever because, I mean, it’s a costume,” Mendoza said. “They sell it for a reason.”
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