And now for some surreal news coming from San Francisco: Apparently, eyewitnesses are reporting seeing a young, mysterious kid warding off crime and terror in the streets. While the identity of this young crimefighting vigilante is not officially known—some sources are reporting that he may be 5-year-old Miles Scott from Northern California—he seems to have been nicknamed 'Batkid' by both witnesses and the San Francisco police force.

It all began this morning, with a breaking news story consisting of the police chief asking for the mysterious Batkid's assistance, and announcing that he was the only one who could help them "bring the bad guys to justice." Since then, there have apparently been reports of Batkid finding and saving a missing woman who was tied to the Hyde Street cable car line, before single-handedly capturing a notorious criminal named 'The Puzzler,' who has evaded police for years.

Sounds all too crazy to be true, but as with most major events these days, there's a ton of evidence floating around on various social networking platforms—namely, Twitter. 

We'll keep you updated as this story develops.

UPDATE: The US Attorney's Office in the Northern District of California has released an official statement reporting that Batkid has also captured two more notorious criminals in the Bay Area, The Riddler and The Penguin.

SAN FRANCISCO/GOTHAM – Edward “E.” Nigma, aka, “The Riddler,” and Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot, aka, “The Penguin” were formally arrested today and charged with multiple counts of conspiracy and kidnapping for their all too familiar villainous ways in Gotham City, according to Melinda Haag, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson. [...]

“We’ve been chasing Nigma and Cobblepot for years and just when I was about to give up hope that we would ever bring them to justice, wouldn’t you know it – Batkid shows up and saves the day,” said United States Attorney Melinda Haag. “I’ve been involved in some unbelievable cases and I’ve worked with some pretty remarkable law enforcement officers, but the bravery displayed by Batkid is off the charts. I’m absolutely certain that there is no villain this remarkable super-hero can’t defeat.”

Read the full press release here.

President Obama has also addressed Batkid's efforts in San Francisco today:

[via ABC]