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TN clown arrested after claiming to want to hurt children

George Hoppe (Source: Coffee County Sheriff's Office) George Hoppe (Source: Coffee County Sheriff's Office)

MANCHESTER, TN (WSMV) - A 64-year-old Manchester man was arrested on Saturday morning after he called Coffee County dispatch claiming he was a clown and was going to hurt children.

Authorities said the man, later identified as George Hoppe, called the non-emergency line and identified himself as “the clown that has been threatening children.”

After telling the dispatcher that, he became lewd with the dispatcher, threatening to kill her. He also told her that he was going to kidnap her and her children and cut off their ears.

Since the call was on a non-emergency number, the call could be traced.

Dispatch called the man back and he told the sheriff’s office they could find him on Commodore Drive.

Deputies showed up there and found an empty parking lot.

After deputies listened to the recording of the man again, one of the deputies thought he recognized the voice.

The deputies went to Hoppe’s home and arrested him.

They determined he had been making the calls after looking at his call history and seeing that he had called the non-emergency number.

Hoppe has been charged with stalking with bond set at $100,000. His first court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 24.

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