ABC News: It's like a scene from a horror film. Residents of a California city are being terrorized by people dressed as clowns, some reportedly wielding machetes or baseball bats, police said. "There's a natural phobia of clowns," Sgt. Joe Grubbs of the Bakersfield Police Department told ABC News today. "And, clearly, if someone is dressed up as a clown and holding a weapon in a threatening manner, that's going to frighten people." There have been 20 sightings in a week, but only one clown has landed in cuffs. Bakersfield police arrested one juvenile last week for allegedly chasing other juveniles while in a clown costume. I got arrested." Other residents have reported seeing the scary clowns armed with a machete or baseball bat, Grubbs said, but police haven't apprehended any clowns with weapons.
Clovis, CA (The Weekly Vice) – Jeffrey Nicholas, a 45-year-old Clovis man and six other people (aged 18 to 28) claiming to be Juggalos were arrested for dealing drugs out of Nicholas’ home. One man’s mugshot even appeared to have some remaining clown make-up… a Juggalos trade-mark. According to Clovis police, neighbors had been complaining about the amount of traffic going in and out Nicholas’ home for months. Police set up a sting using undercover “drug buyers” and gathered enough evidence to make seven arrests. Investigators say the suspects sold Oxycontin and Opana, a new highly addictive and dangerous narcotic.
(L) Image of Juggalo Gang member (R) Image of Heather King. SARASOTA – A Sarasota woman faces numerous charges, including child neglect, for allegedly having her child in a home where drug deals and prostitution are common practice, according to police. Heather King, 24, was arrested Tuesday, April 9th, on a warrant after the narcotics unit searched her home on Tarpon Avenue. Drugs and paraphernalia, including needles and cooking spoons, were observed in places accessible to King’s child, cops say she is a member of the Juggalos gang. Heather King has 3 prior arrests in Sarasota County since the begining of the year, including POSSESSION OF COCAINE and DRUGS POSSESS-CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITHOUT PRESCRIPTION. She was arrested February 2013 on the drug charge at the corner of Bee Ridge Rd and Beneva Rd. The Juggalos gang have been mostly made up of transient or homeless people, just what Sarasota needs more drug dealers amid the homeless population.
FBI National Gang Threat Assessment – Emerging Trends as per the National Gang Intelligence Center (NGIC). The Juggalos, a loosely-organized hybrid gang, are rapidly expanding into many US communities. Although recognized as a gang in only four states, many Juggalos subsets exhibit gang-like behavior and engage in criminal activity and violence. Law enforcement officials in at least 21 states (Florida) have identified criminal Juggalo sub-sets, according to NGIC reporting.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at www.wbipi.com