Police in California were driving along a highway when they were surprised by the appearance of a hitchhiking clown carrying a bloody machete. What may be even more surprising is that the clown wasn’t arrested and was allowed to go on his merry clown way.
Motorists had called police to report the bizarre sighting, as there is something very troubling about a clown holding a large bloody knife. Officers had guns drawn when they approached the clown, who was later identified as 61-year-old Larry Allen Tovey. They ordered him to drop the machete and then handcuffed him so they could question him.
After determining that the blood on the knife was fake and that Tovey hadn’t actually threatened anyone, they had to let him go. The machete is classified as a tool and not a weapon, so possessing one is not a crime. Police say they have no idea what he was doing, so they have to assume he was just standing around watching traffic.
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