A DeRidder man is accused of riding in a vehicle on U.S. 171 Saturday evening while wearing a clown mask and waving a plastic gun, scaring heck out of other travelers.
Bradley Lane Mock, 21, is charged with terrorizing and was booked under $50,000 bond.
Sheriff Sam Craft, in a news released issued Monday, said his was contacted by the Rosepine Police Department at approximately 6:25 p.m.
RPD officers advised that a complaint had been received by regarding an individual wearing a mask and brandishing a weapon inside a vehicle traveling North on Highway 171.
VPSO Deputies, New Llano Police Department Officers, and Rosepine Police Department Officers responded to the area of Billy Goat Hill.
Upon arrival statements were taken from three witnesses who had been traveling in a vehicle on Highway 171 North at the time of the incident.
The witnesses indicated that a vehicle had pulled along side the vehicle in which they were traveling and at that time they observed the passenger of the vehicle wearing a mask. Witnesses indicated that the individual then held up a gun where it could be viewed by the witnesses.
The suspect vehicle was located by law enforcement officers at a business on Billy Goat Hill.
Further investigation ied officers to identity the person allegedly wearing the mask and displaying the weapon as Mock. The news release did not identify the driver of the vehicle in which Mock was driving.
Law enforcement officers took the mask and weapon into evidence and at that time it was discovered that the firearm was in fact, an M-4 Style air soft rifle.
Mock was arrested on one count of Terrorizing. Mock was booked into the VPSO jail and bond has been set at $ 50,000.00.
Louisiana Law defines Terrorizing as the intentional communication of information that the commission of a crime of violence is imminent or in progress or that a circumstance dangerous to human life exist or is about to exist, with the intent of causing members of the general public to be in sustained fear for their safety.
The sheriff said this type of behavior will be diligently investigated and VPSO will arrest any persons responsible for such crimes and seek prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.