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The Halloweekend’s Most Insane Crimes
From scary (bludgeoned body in a closet that was nailed shut) to ridiculous (drunk woman bitten after ‘petting’ caged tiger) to just plain awful (all the shootings), a holiday roundup.
Crime rates typically spike nationwide on Halloween. But with the holiday falling on a Saturday this year, the festivities and felonies spilled over into Friday and Sunday.
Here are the Halloweekend’s standout crimes, state by state:
Alabama: A thief stole a giant painted oyster shell from outside a police station in Mobile. The oyster, which is painted with a map of the Mobile Bay, is one in a series of decorated shells in the city’s downtown.
Alaska: A 9-year-old in Fort St. John was reportedly punched in the face. While the boy was down, a thief stole his bag of candy and drove away in a car. Also, a man successfully robbed a convenience store using a can of bear spray as a weapon.
Arizona: A Phoenix Halloween party turned deadly when a shooter opened fire on houseguests. One person was killed and another hospitalized, while the rest of the 400 partygoers fled the event.
Arkansas: Two Jonesboro teens were arrested after allegedly breaking into five buses and stealing eight fire extinguishers.
California: Nearly 500 ravers were arrested at two EDM festivals in Pomona and San Bernardino. Festival-goers at the Escape: Psycho Circus and HARD Day of the Dead raves were cited variously for public intoxication, drug possession, and trespassing.
Colorado: A Colorado Springs Halloween store was robbed at gunpoint.
Connecticut: Westbrook vandals damaged 44 gravestones on Friday, the night local police call “Mischief Night.”
Delaware: An African Methodist Episcopal church in Clayton was defaced with spray-painted swastikas on Halloween night. Police are investigating the incident as a potential hate crime.
Florida: A woman was arrested on Friday over a viral video that showed her pouring ketchup on herself while dancing naked in a South Beach Johnny Rockets restaurant.
Georgia: A Chester man was arrested for allegedly stealing a forklift and using it to rip an ATM from a bank. Bank officials notified police when a GPS tracker inside the ATM revealed that the machine was moving.
Hawaii: A Kalihi teenager was stabbed.
Idaho: A 14-year-old was arrested after he allegedly took a pastry truck for a joyride on Halloween. Police found alcohol and drug paraphernalia in the Pastry Perfection van.
Illinois: Two people were killed and another 28 were wounded in a series of Halloween weekend shootings in Chicago.
Indiana: Greenwood police were called after a woman allegedly left sex toys covered in dog feces on a porch and pulled a gun on witnesses, apparently as part of a Halloween prank. A search of the woman’s car revealed a pill bottle of cocaine, according to police.
Iowa: A Des Moines woman ordered chicken nuggets at a Burger King drive-through, then entered the restaurant and allegedly threw them at the manager.
Kansas: A man in a red, white, and blue top hat allegedly robbed an Olathe convenience store at gunpoint early Sunday morning.
Kentucky: A mother and son were arrested after a man was shot in the son’s Richmond apartment early Sunday morning.
Louisiana: A masked gunman robbed two Boost Mobile stores in New Orleans.
Maine: Two trick-or-treaters were struck by a car in Oxford.
Maryland: A Severn man allegedly opened fire on a neighborhood, shooting one person, five homes, and seven vehicles.
Massachusetts: Multiple parents reported Halloween candy that had been tampered with, including one Crunch bar that had a needle hidden inside.
Michigan: A woman allegedly attacked her boyfriend with a fish, cutting his hand.
Minnesota: Police in Brainerd are on alert after parents claim to have found a needle in their child’s Halloween candy.
Mississippi: A man allegedly shot his brother in the back and the leg while arguing over whether they would continue trick-or-treating together.
Missouri: The Kennett humane department had 250 gallons of dog food stolen on Halloween night. The thieves, who cut the building’s locks, also stole crates and half the facility’s cleaning supplies.
Montana: A woman dressed as a sexy police officer was arrested for drunk driving.
Nebraska: An allegedly drunk woman was arrested for criminal trespassing after she entered Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo after hours with the apparent intent to pet a tiger. The woman, 33-year-old Jacqueline Eide, reached into the tiger cage early Sunday morning and was promptly bitten by one the zoo’s tigers. The tiger, believed to be a three-legged cat named Mai, will not be punished, zoo officials said in a statement.
Nevada: A group of motorcyclists stopped traffic by doing doughnuts repeatedly in the middle of a highway.
New Hampshire: A woman was arrested after she abandoned her car and fled on foot at a traffic stop on Halloween.
New Jersey: Six people were shot in Jersey City over the Halloween weekend.
New Mexico: An Albuquerque dentist is offering to buy children’s Halloween candy for $1 per pound. It’s not a crime, but it should be.
New York: A fight at a Yonkers Halloween party spilled out of a house and onto the street, and ended with one man stabbed with a knife.
North Carolina: Four Durham schools were ransacked for cash over the weekend.
North Dakota: A man was charged after allegedly attempting to steal cheese from a store, then throwing the cheese at store employees to avoid capture.
Ohio: Parents in Reynoldsburgh found a razor blade in their child’s Snickers bar. Police say they have “no reason to believe the situation was a hoax.”
Oklahoma: A man was found hammered to death in a closet that had been nailed shut.
Oregon: A Portland man was arrested for allegedly masturbating to pictures of costumes in a Halloween store.
Pennsylvania: Two female students at the University of Pittsburgh reported being sexually assaulted at Halloween parties.
Rhode Island: Police say a North Reading, Mass., man distributed cough syrup to trick-or-treaters.
South Carolina: Police confiscated several bags of marijuana-infused gummy bears, which they warn might have been distributed on Halloween.
South Dakota: A Sioux Falls woman was arrested for assault after allegedly biting her boyfriend’s nose during a Halloween night dispute.
Tennessee: A man was shot and robbed by a teenager wearing a Halloween mask.
Texas: A bar fight broke out between two men armed with machetes early Sunday morning in Bryan.
Utah: A 14-year-old girl was struck and killed by a car while trick-or-treating.
Vermont: Police are on the lookout for a poacher who shot a buck deer out of season over the weekend.
Virginia: A Chesterfield man was arrested for allegedly robbing his Uber driver at gunpoint, forcing her into the trunk of the car, and driving away.
Washington: At least two arsons were reported in West Seattle on Halloween.
West Virginia: A Logan County assistant prosecutor was suspended after pulling a gun and threatening to shoot the office’s spider Halloween decorations. The prosecutor, Chris White, claims to suffer from severe arachnophobia.
Wisconsin: A man was arrested in connection with a Halloween fire that destroyed Ashland’s Salem Baptist Church. This is the town’s second major Halloween arson in two years.
Wyoming: A woman and a child were found dead in their home after going missing for several days. Their cause of their deaths has not been announced.