Man throws fake head at child

Police: Sandusky man threw Crash Test Dummy head at boy, 8
Andy Ouriel
Jun 14, 2013

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.

Comments

ladydye_5

This is just weird. You can NOT make this stuff up. All I can say is WOW

transplant

How can we watch out for this creep if there is no description of the truck. There are lots and lots of white guys in trucks.

Raoul Duke

Ah...watch out for ALL of them.

Left Sandtown

If this is even true.This guy is throwing the works of his labor at children.Then maybe this guy should be the test dummy.God help the Dummy in all of us!!!!!

starryeyes83

Talk about a TRUE DUMB a$$ attack!

happyfeet64

WTF? Needs a life!

andrew43420

strangers dont use candy anymore?

Big Momma

This is why I moved to sandusky. So glad I got out of Perkins.

TboneWalkerJr

"got out of Perkins"? And you think Sandusky is better? Sandusky WILL be the next Lima. Prediction for this summer in Sandusky? DRIVE-BY shootings start appearing instead of plastic heads being tossed.

Big Momma

I was being facetious.

lugnut2511

So whats the charge for tossing a head at a lid if it was for him to catch?

reporter54

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mikeylikesit

!!!

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The Hero Zone

Hmmm makes me rethink the mannequin torso we have in the basement to perpetuate the store-wide myth about the "Gateway to Hell" we have in an old coal furnace room in the basement. Which if any of you have played the Silent Hill series of video games you could get a kick out of.

WaterStreetCooncat

Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm...Heads will roll!!!

happycamper01

I hate to admit this but I do know this man through an old but good friend. He is not the brightest bulb in the bunch but I truly do not believe that he was trying to lure a child into his truck. He does like to do things that could impair his judgment and make him lose all common sense. Yes, he was extremely stupid and obviously did not give much forethought to his actions about what kids are taught about strangers. Again, while his behavior was idiotic I truly don't believe that he would lure a child or hurt a child in anyway. All I can do is shake my head and hope he learns from this.

angelgabrielle11

Its sad that people can't just be friendly anymore because everyone takes it the wrong way. Yeah, there are a lot of creeps out there who do sick things to children but if those were his intentions, he would have tried to get him in his truck and actually stopped to talk to him..... All he did was drive by, and give a lonely looking kid a dummy head to play with. You know like the barbie heads that parents buy for their kids at toys r us and walmart. Oh wow, so malicious.

iloveohio

Regardless of who knows the guy and whos friends with him donest make what he did right... what he did was WRONG... He tried to lure the kid to come to his truck and take the head (mind you he called off work today) ...good thing the kid is smart enough to know better an didn't talk to the guy and went and got help.. He needs to get a life and know he is right where you belong tonight behind bars!!! CREEP

Kelianne7

He did not call off work, he had a scheduled day off for a family function...his family lives in that neighborhood.

He did not lure the kid to his truck, he tossed it out the window to the kid for him to have. He told the kid not to scare any other kids with it and the kid said he wouldnt. it is a shame but true fact that we live in a world that you cant do anything nice with good intentions towards someone without someone thinking your a freak. Oh, and he is not behind bars.

Factitious

What a weird paranoid world we live in.

dorothy gale

Anything to sell papers. Shameful. When there's no local news, just make stuff up.

TboneWalkerJr

He ALLEGEDLY took scrap parts out of a facility that makes parts that can determine if people live or die in a crash. Regardless of intentions, he can kiss that job goodbye and he should face charges on behalf of the company for what he did. It is NO DIFFERENT than taking scrap jet engine parts out of such a factory

cockynurse

Wow-these headlines are malicious! He tried to "lure" an 8 yr old boy into his truck by throwing a "fake skull" out the window.

Give me a break, SR. This has the potential of ruining some guys life-or-perhaps, causing him great physical harm by some vigilante who actually believes he was trying to "lure" an 8 yr old into his truck.

I don't know this guy-but although this wasn't the smartest thing to do-it does sound like he was just being nice. I have a 9 yr old boy and MANY of the kids in our neighborhood are boys his age and they would likely fight all day over who got to keep the cool crash test dummy head!

Unassumer

making mountains of out molehills I'd say.

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2cents

Ya just can't drive down the street offering a little head, it will get you in trouble every time : )

heaven-leigh

Bahhha! Too funny!

starryeyes83

ha ha :}

Morningbreezes1

2 cents... you make my day! Cute comment! LOL

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2cents

My pleasure, just can't be serious all the time here, now can we :)

iloveohio

I don't care where his family lives nor do I care if he called off work (which is what one artical said) or if it was a schedule day off.. He is creepy and he did try to get the kid to come to his truck to get the mask... With that being said, things that happen in this world today maybe he should have kept to himself and kept driving!

grandmasgirl

I wonder if the company that he works for knew that he had these parts in his truck. Did he have permission to take these from the work site. If they make the parts, I should think the mistakes would be recycled. If he had them legally, I can see him wanting some kid to have fun with it.

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2cents

Most likely a two part polyurethane or silicone material. Non recyclable, kind of like Styrofoam.

Johan

yes 2cents you are correct, these scrap parts are not recyclable, granted this guy will probably get fired as Humanetics will not put up with this garbage and this guy showed very bad judgment, however the scrap parts are not worth anything as mentioned by previous bloggers and if employees want to take them home, it is better that sitting in a landfill somewhere

TboneWalkerJr

The company is Humanetics and I can virtually GUARANTEE that they had clear policies in place forbidding any parts from being taken from the property due to the potential multi-million dollar liability of "scrap" parts making it into the "good" part product stream.

No matter what, he should lose his job and the company should lose its right and certifications to provide these products as they either had no policies in place to prevent this or they are so lax in enforcement that he just walked right out with these parts.

Johan

TboneWalker, how can you GUARANTEE that there are policies forbidding this, do you work there?

Kelianne7

I am wondering the same thing.......sounds like he works or has worked there and has it out for some people!!

TboneWalkerJr

This post may be beyond the intelligence of many if not most posters, but for starters he should be FIRED, and if the customers of this company, most likely government entities and insurance groups find out, I hope the company loses all their business and contracts. It is little different than someone working for a manufacturer of critical braking system components taking defective or rejected parts outside of the plant. Those parts become a potential multi-million dollar liability for the company and if they have any brains will fire the worker and have him charged with theft IF he did actually take parts from the factory. These crash test dummy parts are even more critical than brake parts since a defective dummy part that makes it into a crash test could cause wrong results that affect a cars crash-worthiness

TboneWalkerJr

"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"

SCRAP parts? Odds are that these parts are WAAAAY more expensive than something similar looking one might find at a halloween store.

A box of "scrap" parts could be worth thousands of dollars if they were actually the real thing.

cockynurse

Tbone-get a grip. Sounds like you have some personal vendetta to accomplish. Bla Bla Bla It's non-factor if he called off or took a vacation day or whatever. Who cares.

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2cents

A good read if you wish to look for data, a lot of flawed data at that!

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Just Sayin IMHO

I help run a haunted house... I would LOVE to get my hands on some dummy parts.