Police on Tuesday arrested a suspect accused of wearing a clown mask when he attacked a man in north Corvallis.
According to police, the alleged victim was outside his home on the 2400 block of Northwest Rolling Green Drive with his infant son at about 2:50 p.m. The alleged victim noticed a man wearing a clown mask loitering in the area, and he approached the man and asked him to leave if he didn’t have a reason to be there, police stated.
The suspect, later identified by police as Toron James Ambrosius, 20, of Corvallis, attempted to hit the alleged victim, according to police. The two began to struggle and fell to the ground, where Ambrosius placed his arm around the alleged victim’s neck, restricting his breathing, police stated. Ambrosius also bit the alleged victim in the thigh, breaking the skin, according to police.
The alleged victim called police and gave a description of the attacker. Officers located Ambrosius about 10 minutes later at the intersection of Northwest Forestgreen Avenue and 17th Street, police stated. According to police, the alleged victim positively identified Ambrosius as his assailant.
Ambrosius was booked into the Benton County Jail on charges of fourth-degree assault and strangulation. Ambrosius also had warrants for failure to appear on charges of third-degree robbery, fourth-degree assault, third-degree theft, second-degree disorderly conduct and harassment.
On Wednesday, Ambrosius appeared in Benton County Circuit Court via videoconferencing from the jail. Judge Locke Williams appointed a defense attorney to represent Ambrosius, who entered not guilty pleas to the charges. The judge imposed $150,000 security in the case.