BOARDMAN, Ohio — A man trying to discipline his 6-year-old daughter by chasing her around while wearing a clown mask, sparked a panic is his town, leading a neighbor to fire a shot into the ground, cops said.
Vernon Barrett Jr., donned the mask to chase his 6-year-old daughter around the neighborhood in Boardman, but she grew so terrified that she hopped into a stranger’s car and ran into a stranger’s house, shouting “A clown is trying to get me,” cops said.
The led Dion Santiago to run out of the apartment with a gun and fire a single shot into the ground the frighten the clown away, WKBN-TV reported.
Barrett was hit with child endangerment and inducing panic charges while Santiago was charged with using weapons while drunk, cops said.
He told cops the girl’s mother is in jail for child endangerment after being convicted of breaking four of the child’s ribs.