Police responded to the area of Willow and Dawson roads early Friday morning after receiving a call about a machete-wielding clown attack at a business.
The incident happened at about 2:30 a.m.
According to a police news release, a business employee called police to say a clown had dragged another male out of the business.
That male was able to break free and escape.
When officers arrived, they located a male wearing a clown mask while riding a bicycle with what appeared to be a machete sticking out of his backpack. A brief foot chase ensued and the suspect was stopped.
A witness reported seeing the suspect discard a 30-inch long machete as he was fleeing.
The ensuing investigation revealed the original interaction at the business was over drugs, states the release.
A subsequent search turned up a “large chunk” of suspected pink fentanyl valued at about $450, as well as two cell phones, a digital scale, small plastic baggies and $200 cash. Also recovered were a debit card and driver’s licence that had previously been reported stolen.
A 36-year-old Guelph male is charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possessing controlled substances for the purpose of trafficking, possessing identity documents and possessing property obtained by crime.