CRIME
10/03/2014 10:28 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Driver In Clown Mask Intentionally Hit Cyclist, Police Say

Santa Cruz PD

If there is still anyone out there not afraid of clowns, this should do it.

A driver wearing a clown mask is accused of intentionally striking a cyclist in what police say was a hit-and-run attack.

In a case of mistaken identity, Jeremy Anecito, 28, allegedly rammed his vehicle into the unsuspecting bicycle rider, who he thought was someone else, KION reports.

The victim, described as "a 39-year-old transient from Santa Cruz," was riding on the San Lorenzo Bridge around 8:45 a.m. on Sept. 24 when he was hit by the clown in a pickup truck.

NBC Bay Area reports:

Investigators realized the collision was an attempted homicide when witnesses told them the driver was wearing a clown mask as he drove at the bicyclist, and that he appeared to intentionally accelerate and swerve to hit him, police said.

Police later recovered a green 1995 Chevy pickup truck believed to be driven by Anecito in the incident. According to the Santa Cruz Police Blog, authorities found a clown mask in the truck.

Anecito was arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide.

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