CRIME
05/25/2017 02:56 pm ET

Wannabe 'Joker' Charged With Waving Gun At Passing Cars

Lawrence Patrick Sullivan bragged that he was “treated like a celebrity” after he was locked up on a gun charge.

A real-life clown faces gun charges after police accused him of waving a loaded pistol at passing cars in Miami.

Lawrence Patrick Sullivan, whose tattooed face and green hair resemble the Batman villain, the Joker, was booked Tuesday on a charge of carrying a concealed firearm without a permit, the Miami Herald reported.

Miami Dade Police said Sullivan, 29, was armed with a handgun loaded with six rounds of ammunition when he walked outside of an apartment complex and began pointing the weapon at passing cars.

Lawrence Patrick Sullivan, 29, is accused of pointing a gun at people in Miami.
Miami Dade PD
Lawrence Patrick Sullivan, 29, is accused of pointing a gun at people in Miami.

Sullivan, speaking to reporters outside a detention center, denied doing anything criminal.

“If I was waving a gun, yeah, I will admit it. I was not waving a gun. Did I have a gun in my pocket while I was walking my dog at the time? Yes, because I want to be safe,” he told CBS Miami. Sullivan later contradicted himself, telling reporters he was armed with a knife, not a gun.

Sullivan said he will fight the charge. He insisted the handgun is registered in his name, and said he doesn’t need a gun permit because “we live in America.”

He defiantly added that he was “treated like a celebrity” while behind bars in a psych ward, which he said is where he was jailed because he takes medication.

The 29-year-old is facing a charge of carrying a concealed firearm without a permit.
CBS Miami
The 29-year-old is facing a charge of carrying a concealed firearm without a permit.

Sullivan’s family told reporters that while he may have had a gun, they don’t believe he threatened anyone.

“He’s a good kid. You know. He has a lot of tattoos,” his mother told CBS Miami. “But he’s a nice kid with some problems. He is mentally disabled and is handicapped.”

As for his tattoos, which include the word “Joker” and a profane Batman logo on his forehead, Sullivan’s sister told NBC Miami: “He’s just playing a character. I warned him that people would take it the wrong way.”

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