Ted Stewart: Austin Man Dresses As Clown, Threatens Liquor Store Clerk

Nobody can say 44-year-old Ted Stewart hasn't done his part to keep Austin weird. According to an arrest affidavit reported by the Austin American-Statesman, last Friday evening Stewart staggered into the Twin Liquors on East Seventh Street downtown and was rebuffed in his attempt to buy more hooch because the clerk believed he was too intoxicated.

His appearance might have had something to do with that assessment. The clerk told police that Stewart was waving a Mexican flag and looked like a "rodeo clown transvestite," complete with painted face.

After being refused service, Stewart left, but before doing so, with all the menace he could muster in his ridiculous get-up, he allegedly informed the clerk that he would be coming back to kill him and torch the store.

Stewart was gone before police arrived, but being somewhat conspicuous, he was not hard to track down. The cops found him at a nearby Texaco station, where he was arrested and charged with public intoxication and two misdemeanor counts of making terroristic threats.

Whether or not Stewart is or has ever been a Juggalo was not revealed, though his actions certainly would jibe with some of their shenanigans.

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