Sad day for a clown: Tampa man jailed for wearing illegal mask
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.