Whew for a moment I thought this story was about the actor Robert Downey Jr...glad it's not. Just as an aside there is a law in New York called the Baskerville Law, that makes it illegal to use a imitation gun. I learned this a couple of years ago when I did Grand Jury duty (one of the most depressing moments of my life). I thought the name came from the famous Sherlock Holmes story; it did not. The law carries with it penalties that are just as severe had it been an actual gun.