Man allegedly wears clown mask to chase daughter, nearby witness fires gun

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According to WFMJ-TV, Santiago told police that when the girl ran in to his apartment, he looked out the window and saw a man in a clown mask on the lawn. The woman then called 911 and said the man in the mask had pulled the girl from the auto.

Frightened Rastana Baker couldn't see the faces of the three men wearing clown masks.

The report said Santiago fired his gun towards the yard of the building next door to scare him off, but Barrett Jr. was not hit by the gunshot. "However, J.B. ran into the back bedroom of the apartment". That woman later told police that the man wearing the clown mask pulled the child out of her auto. Barrett told officers that he could not discipline his daughter because the child's mother was already in prison for child endangerment after she stepped on the child and broke several of her rips.

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Barrett Jr. insisted that he was just playing a prank on his daughter and scare her into behaving because she was having behavioral issues at school and home.

Barrett was charged with child endangerment and inducing panic while Santiago was charged with using weapons while intoxicated, the report says.

His family defended his actions though, saying that fears of a resurgence of creepy clowns following the release of the movie It had heightened his alarm.

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The father reportedly said the girl was having "behavioral issues" and so he made a decision to scare her instead of disciplining her, according to the same outlet.

Around this time a year ago, several creepy clown sightings were reported nationwide, sending some communities into panic and even prompting a school to shut down. She reportedly screamed to the family in the apartment that a clown was chasing her. "It was completely unexpected but what else were we to do?"

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