Sacto 9-1-1
February 16, 2012
Sacramento police arrest suspect in 'Evil Clown' robberies

evilclownmask.jpgVanna Sisouthone.jpgSacramento police today announced the arrest of a man suspected of being the "Evil Clown Robber."

Detectives located and arrested Vanna Sisounthone (pictured), 43, Feb. 3 in connection with three robberies that occurred Jan. 19-21. Law enforcement officers dubbed the robber the Evil Clown Robber because of the mask (pictured) he wore during the robberies.

During the first two robberies, the masked robber shot at store employees and a witness who was attempting to write down the license plate number of the get-away car. In the third robbery, an elderly store clerk fought with the robber and ripped off the robber's mask as he ran from the store, according to a Police Department news release.

Police said work by the Sacramento County Crime Lab staff was instrumental in identifying Sisounthone as the suspect. His bail is set at $450,000.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357, or text a tip to 274637. Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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