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Man throws fake head at child

Andy Ouriel • Jun 14, 2013 at 3:18 PM

UPDATE (3 p.m.) Perkins police have arrested a suspect in this head-tossing case.

Matthew Clark, 41, of Sandusky, was arrested Friday and charged with inducing panic, a first-degree misdemeanor, as well as a charge of disorderly conduct, Perkins police Chief Ken Klamar said.

When Klamar contacted the Erie County Sheriff's Office and told them about the incident on Douglas Drive, deputies recalled an incident a few weeks ago where a man had a number of crash test dummy parts in his truck. That soon led Perkins police to Clark.

"We found out he is employed at the business in Huron that manufacturers this stuff," Klamar said. Supervisors at the business said the items Clark had were likely scrap parts. They also said Clark called in sick Friday. When Perkins police caught up with Clark, he told them he was driving down street and he saw a little boy playing in a yard by himself.

"He thought it would be fun for this kid to have (a crash test dummy head)," Klamar said. "He asked him if he wanted it. He tossed it in his direction, and said, 'Go scare your brothers or sisters with this.'" 

The boy told police the suspect told him "come here and get this," Klamar said. 

A Perkins detective is still interviewing Clark. Additional charges could be filed depending on the outcome of the investigation.

UPDATE (1:03 p.m.): Perkins police provided the Register with a photo of the fake head allegedly thrown by the man.

ORIGINAL POST (12:51 p.m.): An unidentified white man possibly tried to lure an 8-year-old boy into his pickup truck around noon Friday on Douglas Drive.

The incident began when the driver approached the boy. The man asked if the boy wanted a Crash Test Dummy skull mold made at Huron-based Humanetics.

When the boy said no, the man threw the mold at him. The boy then ran into his house and told his father what happened.

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