Man dressed as clown chases kids with stun gun at Long Island park

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

MASSAPEQUA, Long Island -- Police on Tuesday arrested a man who they say dressed up as a clown and chased children with a stun gun at a Long Island park.

Officers responded to a call for a suspicious person in a vehicle parked on Peconic Drive in Massapequa just before 11 p.m., and they say 17-year-old Christopher Desousa was taken into custody after he was found with a clown costume and clown mask sitting in plain sight on the passenger seat.

Police say four stun guns and a black jack were found in the vehicle.

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During the investigation, it was determined that Desousa was the suspect from an incident that occurred on Monday at John Burns Park during which he allegedly chased multiple juveniles with a stun gun while wearing the costume.

No injuries were reported.

Desousa is charged with five counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

Detectives are requesting anyone that may have been a victim contact the Nassau County Police Department Seventh Squad at 516-573-6753. All callers will remain anonymous.