Police now believe a man who allegedly ran down another man with a car while wearing clown-type makeup is not a “Juggalo,” as initially suspected, Bartlesville Police Chief Tom Holland told the Examiner-Enterprise today.
Twenty-year-old Andrew Joseph Davis is facing charges of assault and battery with a deadly weapon and leaving the scene of an injury accident as a result of a May 10 incident.
Davis was arrested after police received a report of a man being run over by a car in the 3800 block of Northeast Ohio. Witnesses told authorities that the victim was walking northbound on the west side of the street when a black two-door car swerved toward the victim, striking him. The report states that after the vehicle struck the victim, “he was dragged approximately one hundred feet into his other neighbor’s yard.”
The witness said that as this was happening, the two occupants of the vehicle were yelling “woop woop.” After hitting the man, the driver of the car reportedly backed the vehicle up before speeding away. Witnesses contend the car had been seen earlier in the evening driving slowly past the house. Witnesses also noted that the driver was wearing “black and white face paint.”
A short time later, police stopped a car matching the description and found that the driver, Davis, was wearing black and white clown-like face paint. The passenger in the car was a 17-year-old male.
At the time, police speculated Davis might belong to a group known as the “Juggalos.” Juggalos are fans of the rap act Insane Clown Posse and often wear black and white clown makeup to emulate the band.
“We don’t have any evidence to support him (Davis) being in the Juggalos,” Holland said today. “We know our Juggalos here. They’ve always been law abiding and, for the most part, keep to themselves. We’ve never had problems with them in the past.”
Holland said the investigation indicates Davis is not a member of the local group.
“There is a group of Juggalos that gets together here locally,” Holland said. “As a national group, they have their own slang (and) their own signs.”
The victim in the case was transported to the Jane Phillips Medical Center Emergency Room where he was treated for “multiple bleeding abrasions to his entire body.”
The case has garnered national attention due in no small part to the mugshot of Davis wearing clown-type makeup.
Davis is currently free on $25,000 bond and is set for preliminary hearing in the case on July 19.