Jesus lookalike ARRESTED for wearing trademark robes and carrying staff

A Jesus lookalike was ARRESTED and charged with disorderly conduct after ice-skating in Philadelphia.

Bearded Michael Grant, dubbed Philly Jesus, was held by police shortly after completing a few laps of the city's Dilworth Park skating rink while wearing his trademark robes and carrying a staff.

The doppelganger of the Son of God was later charged with disorderly conduct and failure to disperse, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Grant's lawyer Charles M. Gibbs said: "Those are charges that, in my experience, the government uses when you don't do whatever the government wants you to do, or that the police officer wants you to do.

"He's a very decent young man who is simply exercising his First Amendment right of speech."

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Former homeless drug addict Grant wrote on Twitter after his arrest that the officer who detained him had accused him of solicitation.

But Mr Gibbs claimed Grant had been talking to people and taking photographs with them, as he has been doing for months.

Grant also tweeted how he accepts tips but does not actively seek money.

According to Mr Gibbs, the cop told Grant to leave the area, but his client refused to do so because, in his view, it was "an unlawful order to leave a public park."

Philly Jesus was then arrested.

Skating fan: Philly Jesus

Mr Gibbs said Grant believes the officer recognized him from more than a year ago when he was a homeless drug addict who would beg for cash in the city's Suburban Station.

Court records show Grant has been arrested more than a dozen times on charges including loitering, possession of marijuana and theft of services.

Grant has been retweeting dozens of supportive messages from his flock of Twitter followers.

And his lawyer said Grant was looking forward to his day in court.

"To have our local government try and crucify a guy who's standing in LOVE Park and spreading a message of hope and peace is reminiscent of what happened 2,000 years ago - and still patently disturbing," Mr Gibbs said.

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