Man claiming to be clown threatening children arrested by Coffee County deputies

Courtesy: Coffee County Sheriff's Office

MANCHESTER, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 64-year-old man claiming to be a clown threatening children in Coffee County has been arrested by Coffee County deputies.

Coffee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lucky Knott told News 2 a man called the Coffee County Communications Center’s non-emergency line and identified himself as “the clown who has been threatening children.”

The man became lewd and told the dispatcher he was going to harm children.

He also allegedly told her that he would kidnap her and children, cut their ears off and conduct other lewd acts.

Since the call came through the non-emergency line, it was not traceable.

The man called back a second time and told another dispatcher that he was going to be waiting, would kidnap her and more lewd comments.

The dispatcher asked where he was and he said he was at an address on Commodore Drive. Deputies responded to the area where they found an empty lot.

Deputies then listened to the recordings and one of the officers thought he recognized the voice.

Authorities then went to George Hoppe’s home and obtained the man’s cell phone number and called communications from his phone.

They had the man speak with dispatchers who claimed it was the same voice and laugh they had heard in the previous calls.

Hoppe, a Manchester resident, was arrested and charged with stalking.

His bond was set at $100,000. He will appear in court on Oct. 24, 2016.

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