Police said two people are likely to face felony charges in connection with the theft of the ,000 clown."Like Lazarus rising from the dead, we have Louie the clown recovered," Greg Kite, president of the Historic Preservation Alliance of Wichita and Sedgwick County, told The Wichita Eagle.
Wichita police said Louie the clown, the animatronic organ-playing mascot of Joyland Amusement Park, went missing about seven years ago and was officially reported stolen in 2010.
Investigators said the case was kept alive by social media interest in Louie's plight and officers served a search warrant Tuesday on the home of Damian Mayes, a convicted sex offender and a former employee of the park, which was shuttered in 2004.
Mayes is currently serving a prison sentence for aggravated indecent liberties with a child and aggravated criminal sodomy and is not eligible for parole until 2028.
Imagine the scenario: You’re a young woman, just walking down the street when suddenly a crazy-eyed man comes up and punches you for no reason.
Do you a) Turn and run, even though the man can probably win out when it comes to a sprint b) Stand your ground and try to fight him off or c) Hop into a vehicle with a clown you’ve never seen before, who just happened to pull up at the same time yelling ‘Get in the car!
’ That was the unusual dilemma that faced two women in Toronto yesterday – and they chose to put their faith in Doo Doo, an off-duty clown who leaped to the rescue when he saw they were in trouble.MORE: is a real thing, because there’s someone out there for everyone MORE: Police called over men in clown masks chasing children outside schools After finishing work, Doo Doo (still in his full make-up and wig) noticed a man acting strangely, walking on top of cars and punching things, City News reported.Judging that the man was spoiling for some trouble, Doo Doo dialled 911 and started to follow him in his car. ’ As the women ran towards the vehicle Doo Doo said the man turned around and started to chase them, and started kicking the vehicle once they were inside. jumped on it, ripped it off, threw it,’ Doo Doo added.It was lucky that he did, because then he noticed the man heading towards two women, punching one of them in chest as he walked past them. He captured the whole thing on his dash cam and handed the footage to police.The suspect is said to be in hospital undergoing psychological evaluation, with charges pending.Meanwhile Doo Doo, in the clowning career for 32 years, said he is a clown not a fighter and it would be more natural for him to hand over a balloon.