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York City man with fright mask arrested on Halloween

Jason Addy
York Dispatch

A York City man was arrested on Halloween for allegedly pointing a weapon at trick-or-treaters in West York.

Luis D. Hernandez, 28, of York City

Luis D. Hernandez, 28, faces charges of simple assault, terroristic threats and disorderly conduct, according to charging documents.

About 7:30 p.m. Monday, several people scattered through the area around Highland Avenue and Monroe Street looking for officers. They had seen two people dressed as clowns point a weapon at them from a vehicle, West York Acting Police Chief Matt Millsaps said.

Officers quickly located the vehicle and found an adult male and a juvenile inside with Halloween masks and a BB gun designed to look like a real pistol, Millsaps said.

A BB gun and masks recovered by West York  Police during an arrest on Halloween.

Hernandez was arrested without incident and arraigned in front of District Judge Richard E. Martin II on Tuesday morning. Hernandez was released after posting $5,000 bail.

The juvenile was released to his parents' custody, Millsaps said.

"With the hype and hysteria associated with clowns, I would be cautious and apprehensive about appearing in a public place dressed as a clown," Millsaps said.