Daily Archives: July 4, 2011

Juggalo ‘Clowns’ Terrorize Children In Neighborhood

MANCHESTER, N.H. — A group of people wearing face paint and “Insane Clown Posse” T-shirts chased children around a Manchester neighborhood and fired a gun into the air Thursday, police said.Manchester police said they were called to the area of 297 Central Street at 6:40 p.m. Thursday, where about a dozen children reported being chased by a group of people. An adult witness also reported seeing four people chasing children in an apparent attempt to scare them. Mug Shots: 4 Dressed As Clowns Terrorize Kids, Police Say “It’s just these two guys, this Juggalo thing,” said resident Holly Dusseault. “They dress up in makeup and talk about it. They are an underground group.”Juggalos are a self-proclaimed group of people across the nation who dress up like the Insane Clown Posse, a hardcore hip hop duo that wears face paint at performances.Witnesses said that after the group chased the children, they got into a small white car parked nearby. One of the members of the group took a silver handgun from his waistband and fired a shot into the air, police said.A 9-mm shell casing was found in the area where the shot was reportedly fired, police said.”I don’t want my kids out here now,” resident Melissa Goodell said. “It should be safe for them to play.”A short time later, security at the Mall of New Hampshire reported that a group of people was causing a disturbance in the food court.”They began to shout obscenities at the security personnel, as well as public patrons in the mall,” said Lt. Maureen Tessier said. “A crowd started to gather and caused a disturbance.”They were described as a woman and three men wearing face paint, and they were seen leaving in a small white car. Police said mall security officers were able to get a license plate number.An officer spotted a car with the license plate on South Willow Street. Police said that inside were four people wearing face paint.Adam Leard, 20; Chelsea Leard, 20; Zachary Lyle, 17; and William Chapdeline-Comptois, 21, were arrested and charged with two counts of riot. The Leards were also charged with being minors in possession of alcohol.Police said they found a pistol in the car that was designed to fire blanks. Investigators said they believe Adam Leard fired a blank round from the gun on Central Street.