CORNELIUS, Oregon — An Oregon father was busted for threatening his wife with a nail-spiked bat he dubbed the “clown tickler.”
Matija Belavic, 31, told cops he created the medieval-looking weapon to protect his children amid the outbreak of menacing clown sightings across the country last year.
He was arrested on Saturday after allegedly threatening his wife with the bat which has 8-inch long nails sticking out of its business end.
When Washington County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home, Belavic had left, but they soon found him walking the streets nearby. Police suspect alcohol may have played a role in the incident, the Oregonian reported.
Belavic told investigators that he had crafted the weapon last October to help calm his kids amid the nationwide panic over people dressed as evil clowns. Detectives said he described it as his “clown tickler.”
The device has seven large spikes jutting out of it at various angles.
Belavic was charged with menacing and held on $2,500 bond, jail records show.