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Man in clown mask sought in Chapel Hill break-in

Posted July 5, 2010
Updated July 6, 2010

— Police were searching for three men, including one who wore a clown mask, in connection with a Chapel Hill home invasion early Monday.

The incident occurred at about 3:30 a.m. on Amesbury Drive, in the Chandler Green subdivision behind East Chapel Hill High School, police said.

The men, who were armed with an Uzi-style machine gun, burst into the home and robbed it. No one was injured.

One of the robbers was wearing a Halloween mask that resembles a scary clown. He was described as a black man, 20 to 25 years old, 6 feet tall and 170 pounds. He was also wearing tan clothes and black shoes.

Another robber was described as a black man, 20 to 25 years old, 6-foot-1 and between 200 and 220 pounds. He had a muscular build and was wearing a black tank top, red shorts and red shoes.

The third robber was described as a black man, 20 to 25 years old, 5-foot-10 with a large build. He was wearing a large hat with fake hair.

Anyone with information about the break-in is asked to call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.


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  • kmichael Jul 6, 2010

    Very shady story! Nice upscale subdivision in CH. I figured the media would jump all over this story of the clown invader with an uzi.

  • realcloak Jul 5, 2010

    Imagine how that BOLO (be on the look-out)must have sounded on the police radio:

    Suspects are described as a 6'1" clown with pale white makeup, yellow baggy clothing, oversized red shoes, red clown nose, red and white striped knicker bockers and red curly hair. Second suspect is 4'9", black and white striped clothing with a black cape and black eye mask. Be advised, second suspect was heard saying 'robble robble' as he was leaving the scene.

  • dahman Jul 5, 2010

    i agree collie with the lack of description. the wraltv censors must have written the story.

    i d like to know if they were white, black, hispanic, green or purple. also if they were bald, hairy, blonde, brunette, or redhead.

    i seriously doubt if anyone is going to see a guy walking down the street with a clown mask.

    wraltv does it again!!!!

  • colliedave Jul 5, 2010

    One of the robbers was wearing a clown mask. All three were described as being in their early 20s and between 5-foot-6 and 6-foot-1.

    race? Or, is mentioning their race not PC?

  • ncguy Jul 5, 2010

    Hmm? rob the drug dealer???

  • rnsjr Jul 5, 2010

    Clowns scare me!!

  • meh2 Jul 5, 2010

    Yeah, he had a machine gun. Get a grip.