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Sep 4, 2012 3:46 PM by Letitia Walker

Clown arrested for trespassing; Allegedly under the influence

A man, dressed like a clown, was arrested by the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office just after 11:00 pm Sunday night, on a charge of criminal trespassing.
The victim told deputies a clown was on their property without permission; he had a knife in his waist band and left the area, walking from Ulster Street to Sabina Drive.

Deputies say while they were searching for the subject, another resident approached them, saying a clown had entered a home on Sabina Drive.
Deputies went to the house indicated, and the clown opened the door. His face and hands were painted white, he had a multi-colored wig, and a red bandanna covering his face.
The clown was identified as 20-year-old Steven J. Hawthorne of Alexandria.

Deputies say Hawthorne told them he had thrown the knife in the bushes, and he admitted he was on the victim's property without permission.
When asked if he was under the influence, deputies say Hawthorne told them he was smoking marijuana.
Deputies say they were given permission to search the home, where they found a marijuana pipe containing marijuana beside the stove.

Hawthorne was transported to Rapides Parish Detention Center 1 where he was booked on Criminal Trespass, Possession of CDS I and possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

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