Man convicted of wearing mask

Tyrone Holloman

A Front Royal man has pleaded guilty in Warren County Circuit Court to wearing a mask in circumstances not allowed by state law.

The defendant, Tyrone Divaughn Holloman, received a two-year suspended prison sentence minus time already served behind bars and two years of supervised probation.

Authorities say Holloman, 21, of 425 E. Criser Road, was wearing a mask similar to the one in the “Scream” movie series at the time of his arrest on Sept. 17 around the 400 block of South Street.

Police initially received a call about a man wearing a mask who had tried to enter Mojo’s Grill.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Anna Hammond said a doorman told Holloman that he had to remove the mask if he wanted to go inside.

The doorman followed Holloman toward a nearby Burger King where the defendant was detained by a Front Royal police officer who arrived at the scene.

In the meantime, two customers at the neighboring B&L Kustard fled into a restroom when they noticed Holloman wearing the mask.

The officer searched Holloman and found a knife in the defendant’s shirt pocket that matched one that Holloman had pulled from his pocket as he approached Mojo’s, authorities said.

The incident occurred around the time that a rash of clown sightings had stirred alarm in communities around the nation. Hammond said Holloman mentioned clowns in remarks he made to the arresting officer.

“The defendant advised the officer that he was looking for clowns and had seen them around town,” Hammond said.

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