Crime & Courts

Man in ax-wielding clown case turns himself in

A Connelly Springs man surrendered to Hickory police Wednesday to face charges after a woman said someone in a clown mask and multicolored wig swung an ax at her last week.

Jimmy Daniel Raybon, 28, also known as Robert Gross, turned himself in without incident at 2:15 p.m., the arrest report said. He was arrested on outstanding warrants of assault with a deadly weapon and breaking and entering.

At 4:32 a.m. last Friday, police were called to a home in the 1300 block of 20th Avenue N.E. regarding an assault. Police said a 31-year-old woman was confronted by a man in a clown mask and wig wielding an ax.

The woman escaped unharmed, and was able to partially lift the mask. She recognized the man as an acquaintance, police said.

A roommate of the woman told WCNC-TV that the victim had received several threatening texts before the attack.

The victim went to a magistrate and obtained warrants against him. Raybon was jailed under a $6,000 bail, records show.

Raybon has been in and out of prison several times over the past decade, state records show, and has served time for false imprisonment/assault on a female, common law robbery, larceny and attempting to speed to elude arrest. Associated Press He has a trial pending in Catawba County on a simple assault charge.

Observer researcher Maria David contributed

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