LOCKPORT, La. -- Lockport Chief of Police Warren Vedros announced Monday a Lockport man has been charged for wearing a clown mask in an attempt to scare another citizen.

Eric Gregoire, 29, of Lockport was charged with violating Louisiana R.S. 14:313 which prohibits the wearing of a mask in public outside of certain holidays and other special events.

Just after midnight, during the early morning hours of Saturday, October 8, officers responded to a complaint about a man attempting to scare another man while wearing a clown mask. The person who called said he was taking out the trash near a convenience store on Crescent Avenue when a man wearing a clown mask jumped out and tried to scare him.

Police said the men struggled and the mask was removed identifying the man Gregoire who admitted to the prank saying he had borrowed the mask from a friend and decided to “play a joke” on the complainant.

Last month, local law enforcement officials throughout Lafourche Parish issued a stern warning against such behavior.

Chief Vedros said, “Wearing a clown mask and jumping out to scare someone, especially at midnight, is no joke. We hope this incident shows this activity is not going to be tolerated, and anyone engaging in such activity will be criminally charged.”

Gregoire is the third person in Lafourche Parish to be charged with wearing a mask a public since the warning.
Last week, two Central Lafourche High School students were charged after wearing a mask while riding around