BOCA RATON, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — Police arrest a man for breaking into a home wearing a “killer clown” mask.
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 39-year-old Sherard Ali now faces charges of home invasion, masked robbery and false imprisonment in relation to the July 12 incident.
At around 2:55 a.m. the day of the attack, local resident Sarah Pastor was awakened by a knock at her door. When she opened it, she found a man wearing what was described as a “killer clown” mask and a black skeleton t-shirt.
She allegedly had two men on either side of her, both armed with crow bars.
Pastor told authorities that Ali lifted the mask long enough to warn her to leave. After she ran, the three men entered the apartment and found another person, Jeffrey Zimmer, 56, still in bed.
The paper learned that the invaders then tied his arms and legs with plastic zip ties and wrapped his head in a bed sheet before threatening to kill him.
Ali and the other two men ultimately absconded with a safe that held watches, cash and credit cards amounting to over $5,000, as well as prescription medication.
When Zimmer freed himself from the ties, he called the police.
It wasn’t until a month later, however, that deputies brought in Pastor for a photo line-up, at which time she was easily able to identify Ali.
Ali was subsequently caught and remanded to the Palm Beach County Jail on Wednesday, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
Zimmer is reportedly on probation for assault of an elderly person and burglary. Pastor also has an alleged record, which included an arrest for cocaine possession last year.