Police investigating fight involving man in clown mask

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Police are investigating after a man wearing a clown mask got into a fight with another man on a Colorado Springs trail Wednesday night.

Police said around 8 p.m. Wednesday, they got a call about an assault on the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail near the Pikeview Reservoir. That’s just south of Garden of the Gods Road.

According to a police report, an officer went to investigate and found 22-year-old Juquina Johnson and her husband, 42-year-old Howard Stevens, on the bike path. Stevens was lying on the ground and bleeding from his head when the officer arrived.

While first responders took Stevens to the hospital, the officer talked to Johnson. Johnson said she and Stevens were walking on the trail when they saw two people walking in the opposite direction. One of the men was wearing a clown mask. Johnson identified the other one as “Xavier,” but didn’t know his last name.

Johnson said when Stevens saw the man in the mask, he got angry and started yelling “Who’s in the mask?” When the man in the mask didn’t reply, Stevens started to punch him. The man in the mask responded by hitting Stevens in the face, and he fell to the ground, according to Johnson.

Xavier tried to tell the two men to break up the fight. Once Stevens was on the ground, Xavier and the man in the mask walked away.

After talking to Johnson, the officer went to the hospital to talk to Stevens. While they were talking, Stevens became belligerent and began fighting with hospital staff, according to the police report. Stevens didn’t comply with the officer’s request to complete a medical release form.

Police said Stevens’ injuries were not life-threatening.

No one has been arrested for the assault. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 719-444-7000, or Crime Stoppers at 719-642-STOP (7867).


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