A man dressed as a clown threatened to burn down a liquor store in downtown Austin on Friday, according to an arrest affidavit.
Ted Stewart, 44, became upset when a store clerk at Twin Liquors on East Seventh Street refused to sell him liquor because the clerk believed Stewart was too intoxicated, the affidavit said. Stewart threatened to return to the store, kill the clerk and burn the store down, the affidavit said.
The store clerk called police and described Stewart as a “rodeo clown transvestite,” according to the affidavit. It said Stewart was wearing clown makeup and carrying a Mexican flag.
Austin police found Stewart walking toward a Texaco gas station and arrested him, according to the document.
Stewart was charged Friday with two misdemeanor “terroristic threats” and public intoxication. He remained in the Travis County Jail on Sunday with bail set at $10,000.
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