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Guelph police arrest machete-wielding clown

Police responded to the area of Willow and Dawson roads early Friday morning after receiving a call about a machete-wielding clown attack at a business. The incident happened at about 2:30 a.m.
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GUELPH — Police responded to the area of Willow and Dawson roads early Friday morning after receiving a call about a machete-wielding clown attack at a business.

The incident happened at about 2:30 a.m.

According to a police news release, a business employee called police to say a clown had dragged another man out of the business.

That man was able to break free and escape.

When officers arrived, they located a man wearing a clown mask while riding a bicycle with what appeared to be a machete sticking out of his backpack. A brief foot chase ensued and the suspect was stopped.

A witness reported seeing the suspect discard a 30-inch long machete as he was fleeing.

The ensuing investigation revealed the original interaction at the business was over drugs, states the release. 

A subsequent search turned up a “large chunk” of suspected pink fentanyl valued at about $450, as well as two cell phones, a digital scale, small plastic baggies and $200 cash. Also recovered were a debit card and driver’s licence that had previously been reported stolen.

A 36-year-old Guelph male is charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possessing controlled substances for the purpose of trafficking, possessing identity documents and possessing property obtained by crime.