Sad day for a clown: Tampa man jailed for wearing illegal mask
TAMPA — Charged with wearing a clown mask on a public road, an 18-year-old Tampa man was jailed Tuesday afternoon.
Deputies say Matthew David Lopez, of 7003 Ponderosa Drive, was seen with two other people walking south on N 58th Street, just north of E Fowler Avenue. What caught a deputy’s attention was Lopez’s masked face with a bright red-and-orange wig, according to an arrest affidavit.
The deputy followed the group in an unmarked car as the group walked west through a slightly wooded path behind several business offices.
A marked Temple Terrace Police cruiser showed up soon after, and the group ran away before deputies could question them.
They were found near N 58th Street and E 122nd Avenue.
Lopez was taken to the Hillsborough County Jail on charges of wearing a mask or hood on a public road after the age of 16 years old and resisting arrest without violence.
He was released on $750 bail.
Juggalettes are female juggalos … have a look what this one did
Three felony charges have been filed in Muskogee County District Court against the woman accused of taking an 11-year-old boy from a Muskogee apartment complex Monday.
Bond has been set at $150,000 for Felisha Marie Wilham, 21. She will be in court April 15 for a sounding docket. At that time, a date will be set for a preliminary hearing.
She is charged with:
• Abduction of a person under 18.
• Child abuse by injury.
• Contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
All three are felonies, carrying penalties ranging from one year to life in prison and fines, or both.
The charges allege Wilham lured Jacob Southern to go to Tulsa with her and “to be a member of or in furtherance of the Insane Clown Posse gang.”
The child abuse count alleges she endangered the child’s health and safety by hitchhiking to Tulsa with him, allowing him to sleep in an abandoned house in Tulsa “with the homeless and others of a questionable backgrounds and involved in gangs” and that he contracted scabies while in her company.
Scabies is a contagious skin disease caused by a species of a very small mite.
In addition to being held on the charges stemming from the abduction, the bond Wilham posted less than 30 minutes before the abduction on a burglary charge has been revoked and she is being held without bond on that count, according to court records.
She also is charged in a third case, a charge of grand larceny from 2009, accusing her of having stolen a motorized shopping cart from a local store. She has waived preliminary hearing in that case.
Report Herald has the juggalo gang right on the money
One group known for violence in other cities, although it is not a recognized gang in Colorado, are juggalos, or fans of hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse.
Although most fans of the music group don’t turn violent or become criminals, some juggalos have crossed the line and committed murders and other crimes mirroring the violent lyrics, police said.
Not everyone who wears red or blue or who listens to Insane Clown Posse is a gang member.
But gang members associated with those signs are committing crimes. Therefore, such clothing and tattoos are red flags that police look for.
Some Comments from concerned residents here
|The article states that the Juggalos are “One group known for vilence in other cities …” It is right here in Loveland. The stabbing at N.Lake Park last summer was done by a Juggalo. Wake up Loveland – they are here and are violent! I think CO and other states should do as AZ and legally classify them as a gang. The news is full of killings by these gang members – do a search for yourself.
Doc, from the article, “Not everyone who wears red or blue or who listens to Insane Clown Posse is a gang member.” I was at the meeting and they made this very clear. However, they also stated that if your kids/grandkids, etc DO listen to ICP, they should be observed carefully, just to make sure they are fans of the band/music, and not crossing the line like some “juggalos” do and start acting out some of the very violent lyrics. BTW: Utah and Arizona DO legally classify Juggalos (fans of ICP) to be gang members.
It was a great meeting and I hope they will repeat this annually. If you missed it and are interested, the PD stated they’d be happy to make their presentation to your community/homeowners group, church, etc.