He was clowning around — with the law.
Police arrested a man who allegedly carried an illegal firearm — and a creepy mask resembling Pennywise, Stephen King’s iconic “It” clown monster — into a Fort Greene government building Monday, authorities reported.
The 30-year-old suspect was allegedly spotted in the Human Resources Administration office on Clermont Avenue between Atlantic Avenue and Fulton Street at around 2 p.m. with a loaded .22-caliber Ruger pistol and the creepy clown, which resembled the monster Pennywise from Stephen King’s horror novel, “It.” Onlookers claimed the suspect — a parolee from Bedford-Stuyvesant — was carrying the items in an open bag and was fiddling with them, the New York Post reported.
A frightened witness called 911, and cops rushed to the scene, where they struggled to arrest the man, who “ran, flailed, and stiffened his arms,” according to a police spokesman. Cops eventually subdued him with a Taser, and charged him on two counts of possession of a criminal weapon, resisting arrest, and obstruction of governmental administration.
A spokesman for the Police Department noted that the Bed-Stuy resident has a record dating back to 2006, when he was arrested for armed robbery at 16 years old, and that he’s been cuffed twice since then, including his most recent prior arrest for criminal possession of a firearm in 2012.
Police responded to the incident with a light-hearted tweet promoting the upcoming horror flick “It Chapter Two.”
“The new @ITMovieOfficial may be 2 weeks away, but a parolee in Brooklyn wanted to be Pennywise today,” the NYPD tweeted. “Instead of terrorizing kids with a haunting grin, he used a gun — which didn’t scare off officers from the @NYPD88Pct who made the arrest.”