Men dressed in clown masks rob man who admits drug dealing
POSTED: Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 11:02am
UPDATED: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 1:06pm
ASHLAND CITY, TN (WSMV) — Two large men dressed in black and wearing bloody clown masks invaded a home in Cheatham County, Tennessee and the victim was so scared he admitted to police he was a drug dealer.
Now, officers are in the process of sorting everything out, as they arrest everyone involved - even the victim.
The accused home invaders stole flat-screen televisions, thousands of dollars in cash and victim Matthew Dillard's marijuana from the man's Kingston Springs home last month.
In fact, police say Dillard, himself, told them he sells the marijuana.
"When someone calls you and openly admits narcotics were stolen from their house, it just kind of speaks to the severity of the crime and how frightened this individual was," said 23rd Judicial Drug Task Force Det. Michael Pate.
The Cheatham County Sheriff's Office and the 23rd Judicial Drug Task Force teamed up to try to quickly find the home invaders.
Then, Pate got a tip that, in such a bizarre case, sounded even more ridiculous. One of the alleged home invaders had posed in a Facebook photo with the mask he used to allegedly rob Dillard.
"And sure enough, we looked at the Facebook account. And one of the profile pictures was him wearing the clown mask that was described during the robbery," Pate said. "We assembled a photo line-up of clown masks, and had the victim look at it, and he quickly identified the mask."
This led investigators to 6'5" 350-pound Leon "Tez" Henderson and 6'4" 275-pound Isaac Hunter. Both men are now charged with aggravated armed robbery.
Police say some of the stolen property was still in their house, but the cash was long gone.
The accused home invaders apparently couldn't wait to spend the stolen money, according to police, and went on a $2,000 shopping spree the very same day as the crime at Opry Mills.
Now, Dillard has lost his cash and may soon lose his freedom, too.
"At least he stepped up, and the young man says he no longer wants to deal in this particular type of business," said Cheatham County Sheriff's Det. Jeff Landis.
Dillard is not under arrest. Rather, his involvement in alleged drug sales remains under investigation.
However, Pate and Landis on Thursday arrested the alleged getaway driver in the home invasion. So that part of the investigation is now a closed case.