If not for the fact that a man died in the incident, this would otherwise reach Florida-levels of entertainment value. Not only was the perp dressed as a clown, wearing a bladed-glove, and fled the scene on a scooter, he is/was also the frontman for a Denver-area death metal band and the whole thing went down in a “Torchy’s Tacos” parking lot. As I said, there is a whole-lot of random in this apparently random crime.
A 29-year-old man was slashed to death in the parking lot of Torchy’s Tacos in downtown Denver, Colorado at 12:39 AM on Tuesday morning. Witnesses referred to the suspect as a man in “white, clown-type makeup with black streaks on his face,” according to a report by the Denver Police. The assailant was allegedly sporting “a glove with blades on the end of each finger.” They estimated the blades to be two to three inches long.
Following the incident, the clown-faced man was seen hopping aboard a scooter and riding away into the night.
Shortly thereafter, someone who fit the attacker’s description was spotted on a High Activity Location Observation (HALO) camera a few blocks away at a Denver Public School, throwing what looked to be a knife in the bushes. This was later confirmed when police discovered that knife covered in blood.
Sometime later, a man covered in blood and clown makeup was seen riding a scooter near the busy Denver intersection of West Alameda Avenue and Lipan Street. He was subsequently arrested in connection with the parking lot murder.
The “outbreak” of “clown-crime” appears to have abated, or more likely is no different than it has been but the media has moved on to the next shiny object of distraction. It doesn’t make this any less creepy though.
For what it is worth, Gulzow claims that the victim fell on his “spiked bracelets” while trying to steal Gulzow’s scooter.