Clown desperate for a way home commits crime in Bali

A clown in Bali arrested for the violent robbery of a fruit seller in Jembrana. Photo: Jembrana Police
A clown in Bali arrested for the violent robbery of a fruit seller in Jembrana. Photo: Jembrana Police

A street busker who dresses up as a clown, and is, by all accounts, a clown, is facing up to 9 years in prison for assaulting and stealing from a woman because he wanted to leave Bali and go home.

The suspect, a 25-year-old male and Banyuwangi, East Java native who goes by the initials FS, was arrested in Jembrana Regency last Tuesday. According to the police, the previous evening, the clown hit a 57-year-old fruit seller in the head with a rock, knocking her unconscious, before taking IDR15,000 (US$1.05) from her and her Nokia phone.

“He felt that his income from clowning in Jembrana was not enough, so FS stole from the fruit seller. He wanted to go home to Java,” Jembrana Police Chief I Dewa Gde Juliana said.

Police recovered the fruit seller’s stolen money and phone. The victim reportedly suffered a gash on her head from the impact of the rock, but police did not say whether or not the injury would be permanent.

The clown has been charged with violent robbery under the Criminal Code (KUHP), which carries a maximum sentence of 9 years in prison.

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