February 25, 2010
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Tampa, FL (The Weekly Vice) - Matthew David Lopez, an 18-year-old Tampa teen was jailed after he reportedly wore a clown mask in public, then ran from police.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, a deputy spotted a teen wearing a clown mask with bright red-orange hair walking down the street with a friend around 1:00 p.m.
The officer followed the suspects as they walked through a wooded path behind some office buildings. When the officer tried to make contact with the teens, they fled the scene.
The suspects were apprehended a short time later, and the teen wearing the mask was identified as Lopez. Why he was wearing the mask is unclear.
Lopez was booked into jail and charged with wearing a mask or hood in public and resisting an officer without violence. He was released after posting $750 bail.
The other teen, who was not named, was also arrested.
This is uncommon, but not the first arrest of this nature. The law was put into effect in 1951 to combat the Klu Klux Klan.
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