Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Columbia's Alleged Clown Slayer Arrested

A man allegedly connected to the shooting deaths of two circus clowns during a performance in Colombia has been arrested, El Tiempo reported Saturday.

Police said Walter Bautista, 21, was being held on charges of murder and the trafficking of arms, though it is not certain whether police consider him the killer.

The two clowns were gunned down during a Tuesday night performance. Police said they are not certain why the performers were killed.© 2007 UPI


Colombian police arrest man in clown deaths
The Associated Press
Friday, February 23, 2007

BOGOTA, Colombia: Police said they arrested a man Friday in connection with the killing of two clowns in front of dozens of children during a performance, in a case that has convulsed even this violence-hardened South American country.

Walter Bautista, 21, who goes by the alias "My Fish," was being held on charges of murder and trafficking in arms, a police statement said.

Clowns Willington Villamizar, 18, known as "Rony," and Nelson Nunez, 24, known as "Andres," were gunned down Tuesday night in the middle of their circus act in the town of Cucuta, about 400 miles (650 kilometers) northeast of Bogota near the border with Venezuela.

Acrobats, harlequins, animal trainers and other circus performers staged protests in different parts of the country following the killings, chanting "Justice for the assassins of laughter."
Other circuses held moments of silence for the dead clowns.

A spokeswoman for the Cucuta police said authorities were investigating the cause of the double slayings, but said they had discounted the reason being the men's jobs.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Clown-masked thief breaks into condo

Rob Shaw
Times Colonist
Thursday, February 01, 2007

It wasn’t Ronald McDonald or Krusty, but some Bozo in a clown outfit broke into a Cordova Bay Road condo last night.

The costumed criminal climbed up construction scaffolding to find an unlocked sliding glass door on the fourth floor, said Saanich police Sgt. John Price.

The clown started rummaging through drawers and cupboards before accidentally opening a door to the bedroom, where a man was just settling down for a night’s sleep.

Not surprisingly, the man was shocked to be confronted with the worst fear of almost any child and the plot of a gripping Stephen King novel — a menacing clown in your bedroom.

“It’s one thing to have a suspect break into your room, but it’s quite another thing to have a clown break into your room,” said Price.

The clown made a grab for the man’s watch, which was sitting on a nightstand table. But the condo resident told him to get lost, and the clown fled down the scaffolding, said Price.
A police dog was unable to catch the clown scent. However, there were muddy footprints in the apartment, said Price.

It doesn’t appear the clown prince of crime got away with any actual items — that is, assuming the intruder was a man. Price said that’s unclear.

“There’s no indication on gender because the clown didn’t say a word.”

Anyone who saw something “unusual” in the 5100 block of Cordova Bay Road around 10:30 p.m. is asked to phone Saanich police at 475-4321.