Police feared that there would be a resurgence of the “Clownpocalypse” with the release this fall of It remake. Aside from a few isolated incidents this did not materialize. That isn’t to say people aren’t still getting their costumed-freak on. Here are two recent examples.
According to the Nanaimo RCMP, an individual armed with a knife and bat and dressed up in a skeleton costume and mask walked into the Harewood Arms Beer and Wine store on Saturday at around 10:40 p.m. and began banging on the counter demanding money from the two clerks.
Immediately after receiving cash, the suspect fled and was last seen running toward Howard Avenue according to police, who were called to the scene but couldn’t locate the individual…
…Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said there were no customers inside the store at the time of the robbery but that it was a traumatizing experience for the two store clerks.
“It would be quite terrifying to say the least,” he said.
O’Brien said the bat and knife were recovered near the scene and that police believe the suspect had a vehicle nearby. He said while police have no direct evidence to suggest the suspect has committed robbery before, they believe this wasn’t the first time.
“It was well planned out,” O’Brien said. “The chances of them doing it before are probably fairly high.”
While this incident can probably be deemed a “success” from the perp’s point of view, a young man in a dog suit was not so fortunate.
According to police, officers received a call at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday from an employee at the Michaels store at 20902 Frederick Rd. The caller told police that a man wearing a dog costume was “acting strange” in the store, police said. The manager of the store told officers she saw a man walking repeatedly in and out of the store carrying a knife.
Officers located Godoy-Mantar in the rear of the store, “carrying a knife and causing a disturbance.” Witnesses were able to provide a description of the man and said that he had removed the costume he was previously wearing, police said.
Godoy-Mantar was instructed by police to put down the knife, which was about four-inches long, police said. He did not comply and began advancing on the officer. The officer drew his firearm and created distance, but Godoy-Mantar continued to move closer to him, police said.
The suspect then turned down an aisle in the direction of the store exit. At that time, a second officer tased Godoy-Mantar. Godoy-Mantar was placed into custody while “actively fighting” the officers, police said.
The perp has been charged with several offenses, and was transported for a mental evaluation.
It would have been better if he were tased in the dog suit. I would have loved to have seen CCTV of that. Instead, content yourself with this classic example of proper costume use.
Like a boss.