WEST VALLEY CITY Two Juggalos were arrested by West Valley police over the weekend after investigators said the duo attempted to kidnap a 5-year-old boy and threatened to kill him.
Details of Saturday night's incident were released Tuesday. A young boy was playing in front of his house near 4400 South and 1500 West when two people, a man and a juvenile boy who each had their faces painted red like clowns, approached him, said West Valley Police Capt. Tom McLachlan.
At least one male had a smile painted on half his face and a frown on the other half, McLachlan said.
"They grabbed this kid and tried to pull him into the car," he said. "They made threats they would kill him if he didn't go with them."
The boy struggled with the pair until, for an unknown reason, they let him go.
The boy ran home, told his father what had happened, who in turn called police.
When officers arrived and checked the area, they found a group of four people, two of whom had their faces painted red. During the course of interviewing the boys, statements were made that raised the suspicion of investigators.
The officers also learned the two with painted faces were Juggalos, or fans of the rap group Insane Clown Posse. Police have classified Juggalos as a gang because of a continued pattern of criminal activity.
At a recent Utah Gang Conference, police estimated there were between 3,000 to 4,000 Juggalos in Utah, with about 70 percent of them being law-abiding citizens who just like the music.
After further investigation, the two with painted faces, an 18-year-old man and a 15-year-old juvenile, were arrested for investigation of aggravated kidnapping. Another man was arrested on outstanding warrants, McLachlan said.Why the boy was grabbed and what the kidnappers intended to do with him was still under investigation Tuesday, McLachlan said.