Bail denied for man in mask case

Tyrone Holloman

FRONT ROYAL – A man charged with illegally wearing a mask in public was returned to the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional jail after he was denied bail at a court hearing Thursday.

A criminal complaint said the defendant, Tyrone Divaughn Holloman, 21, of 425 E. Criser Road, was jailed Saturday after a Front Royal police officer found him wearing a mask like that found in the “Scream” movie series.

The officer, J.E. Fenton, said in the complaint that he received a call about someone wearing the mask around Mojo’s in the 400 block of South Street.

Fenton wrote that a female directed him toward the nearby Burger King and said a bouncer from Mojo’s had followed the masked man toward that area.

“I then pulled into the parking lot and saw a male wearing all dark clothing and a “Scream” mask,” Fenton wrote. “I told the male, later identified as Tyrone Holloman, to take his hands out of his pockets. I advised the male he was being arrested for wearing a mask in public.”

Fenton said he found a knife in Holloman’s shirt pocket in a subsequent search of the defendant.

Fenton said the bouncer told him that Holloman had pulled the knife from his pocket as the defendant approached the bar at Mojo’s.

The bouncer said Holloman motioned with his head to follow him out of the bar. The bouncer said he walked with Holloman over to the Burger King to move him away from the bar, the complaint said.

The complaint also said two females who were at B&L Kustard near the Burger King said they saw Holloman in the mask, “got scared and hid in the restroom.”

Reports of people in clown masks unnerving others around them in public places have spread throughout the nation in recent weeks. Holloman is the only person in Front Royal to be arrested so far for such an action.

Wearing a mask in public, with certain exceptions, is a felony under Virginia law.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137, ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com.