‘Creepy Clown’ Suspects Arrested In Melbourne After Threatening Victims

'Creepy Clown' sightings in Melbourne, Palm Bay, and Sebastian.
'Creepy Clown' sightings in Melbourne, Palm Bay, and Sebastian.

MELBOURNE, Florida – Melbourne Police have arrested two ‘Creepy Clown’ suspects responsible for threatening their victims with assault. The suspects have also been seen by witnesses carrying a bat or axe.

Commander Sean Riodan of the Melbourne Police Department said the suspects made threats to their victims while chasing them with weapons.

Authorities were called to several ‘Creepy Clown’ incidents near Tropic Lane, Eau Gallie Blvd. and Nasa Blvd. earlier this month. Each time, police were unable to locate the suspects.

After completing a lengthy investigation and help from the Community Response Team, Melbourne Police arrested 18-year-old Christopher D. McCarthy and 20-year-old Nicholas Antonellis.

“Members of the Community Response Team followed up on several leads which included working with other members of the Department to develop information that eventually led to the below suspects,” Commander Sean Riodan said. “Further investigation revealed the suspects were in fact the same suspects who threatened a juvenile victim and were responsible for the calls for service.”

Christopher McCarthy was charged Aggravated Assault. Antonellis was charged with Principal in the First Degree.

The Melbourne Police Department said they are aware of similar incidents throughout the country and decided to investigate these incidents further to prevent future activity before someone was seriously hurt.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Melbourne Police Department at 321-608-6731 or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).

DISCLAIMER: Arrests and mugshots were made public by complaint affidavits, arrest affidavits, and police reports. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

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