A 20-year-old man is facing charges after deputies say they were called to a gas station for a suspicious person wearing clown makeup. He was later found with a hatchet in his bag.
When deputies arrived at the Wilco Convenience Store, along the 2700-block of Chambers Drive in Indian Trail Sunday evening, they said the man was gone.
People in the store said he was acting suspicious and was wearing dark clothes, a toboggan and clown paint on his face.
Deputies began searching the area and found 20-year-old Travis Quenton Pressley nearby.
According to investigators, Pressley was carrying a backpack which contained a small quantity of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a hatchet.
He was placed under arrest for trespassing, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Officials said Pressley told deputies he planned to scare his friends, but they are not sure if this is true.
Residents in the area Monday night didn't think the situation was funny,
“It’s not a good joke. It’s not good for society," said Angela Collins. "I’ve heard a whole lot of bad things about clowns in suits and it’s surprising to me that it’s happening in Indian Trail.”
One Union County resident said he hopes that the arrest puts other clown suspects on notice.
"I guess I was happy that one of them got arrested. Maybe it will stop the other people from doing it,” said Treven Peters.
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