Moran has been kept in police custody at Sulphur City Jail. Police have also released pictures of the mask that Moran is said to have been wearing.
A Louisiana man was arrested and charged for wearing a gorilla outfit and peeping through people's windows. According to Mirror, Jeremie Moran dashed inside people's properties in the horrifying costume to have a look around. When Moran was discovered, the police said that he ran into a stranger's house and hid under the mattress in an intense standoff.
According to the Sulphur Police Department, officers received multiple reports from people seeing suspicious person looking into their homes while wearing an all-black costume. Police responded and spotted the suspect, later identified as Jeremie Moran. https://t.co/aiQ1z6SpB6— 102 KTRA (@102ktra) February 27, 2019
Mel Estess, the spokesman for the Sulphur Police in Sulphur City, Lousiana, said that the police department received complaints from residents that a person in an all-black costume was roaming the streets and wandering the gardens last week. One person said, "Who goes around in a gorilla suit, peeking in windows?"
Since Moran was arrested he was kept in police custody at Sulphur City Jail. Police also have released pictures of the mask that Moran is said to have been wearing. It is complete with teeth features and gaps for the eyes. Moran faces charges of resisting the police with force or violence, unauthorized entry of an inhabited property, possession of methamphetamine, flight from an officer, wearing a hood or mask in public places and possession of drug paraphernalia. When the police were asked why Moran choose the gorilla costume, the police spokesman said that it could be the possibility of drugs he was using.
In fact, in Louisiana, a person could face up to three years in jail if they wear a mask in public. But there are exceptions on public holidays or for religious purposes like Halloween and Mardi Gras. It is not revealed yet when Moran will be presented before the court.
Back in 2018, a teen wearing a clown mask and hoodie frightened middle-schoolers in Denver was caught in his act by a school principal. The unnamed delinquent was scaring students walking home from Horizon Middle School in Arizona. The police department tweeted, "This sort of harassment will not be tolerated."
#NOTFUNNY Yesterday & today the man below, wearing a clown mask, chased students walking to/from Horizon MS near S Walden St/E Oxford Ave. This sort of Harassment WILL NOT be tolerated. Call 303-627-3100 if you know the man pictured below & be aware of your surroundings. pic.twitter.com/fBQiRhoW9s— Aurora Police Dept (@AuroraPD) October 23, 2018
Some while later, the clown-masked boy was seen around the same spot, going for the second round of scares. This time, the school principal and a security staffer were ready and caught the delinquent in the middle of his act. The juvenile was turned over to the police who gave the boy a ride home.
The city of Oak Park, Michigan put a ban on clown masks after a huge community backlash. Laurie Stasiak, the Recreation Director, told that the ban was proposed because many clowns have a scary look which will have an effect on people with phobias. She said, "About three years [ago] there were national incidents in the news where people were dressing up as clowns and scaring people and in some cases assaulting them. … It’s because of this that we asked people not to dress up as clowns for this community event."
It was back in 2016 a man and a teen were arrested for wearing clown masks and scaring people around in Sunset Point. The police were called to Sunset Point after receiving complaints of a person in a Ford Focus wearing clown masks and scaring people at Sunset Point.
Officers found the vehicle in the area and came across the mask on the passenger floorboard. The police statement reads, "The driver,18-year-old Ryan Bailey of Mandeville, and passenger, a 16-year-old juvenile also of Mandeville, were placed under arrest. Both suspects were charged with mask wearing prohibited in public places, a misdemeanor offense." The two of the accused were issued a summons and a release.