Man seen in video wearing clown mask identifies himself
After a video was shared on social media of a clown waving in Waynesboro, Bravado Costello, a local tattoo artist in the city, has identified himself as the person in the video, saying he meant no harm.
The video follows several reports of clowns around the country and throughout the Valley, including one in which a man was arrested in Front Royal. But Costello says he was just trying to enjoy himself by buying the mask at a local Halloween store.
"I'm a really jokester dude, I like to have fun and stuff," Costello said. "I don't take life serious sometimes but you only live life once so you know I was just basically having a good time."
However, as Costello heard about people dressed as clowns trying to lure children in the city, he thought some more about the mask.
"I didn't want my name be as somebody that was harmful to somebody else so I just want the community to know that I wasn't trying to be harmful to nobody," Costello said.
Being a father himself, he says he understands why the video and clown sightings have parents worried. The sightings also have law enforcement concerned. The Augusta County Sheriff's Office reminds people that wearing a mask over the age of 16 is a Class 6 felony.
Costello has since returned the mask to the store.
You can find the Augusta County Sheriff's Office's report of a clown sighting from this past weekend in the Related Stories, as well as WHSV's recent coverage of other reported clown sightings in our area.