• Clown-dressed man accused of wielding ax to be in court


    HICKORY, N.C. - Police in Hickory arrested a man accused of swinging an ax at a woman while wearing a clown costume.

    Jimmy Raybon, 31, of Connelly Springs, turned himself in Wednesday on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

    Hickory police spokeswoman Chrystal Dieter said Raybon came to a woman's Hickory house around 4:30 a.m. Friday wearing a clown mask and a multicolored wig.

    Authorities said he didn't hurt the woman, and she was able to remove his mask and recognized him as an acquaintance before he left.

    A motive for the attack was not immediately clear.

    Raybon is scheduled to go before a judge Sept. 16.

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