One-armed machete-wielding man arrested by Maine State Police

It was no laughing matter.

A Hollis, Maine, man allegedly wore a clown mask this week while walking around with a machete duct-taped to the spot where his arm had been amputated.

Corey Berry, 31, was first spotted in Hollis, with residents contacting police at about 6 p.m. Tuesday, but then he headed into the woods, the Portland Press-Herald reported. He was taken into custody after re-emerging in Waterboro later that same night.

Corey Berry was arrested and charged with criminal threatening, police said.

Corey Berry was arrested and charged with criminal threatening, police said. (Maine State Police via AP)

Police say Berry was intoxicated but cooperative. He told officers that he was copying previous clown sightings as a prank.

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Maine State Police Trooper Adam Schmidt told the paper that Berry was trying to prank a man who has children. "I asked 'How old are the other man's children?' and he said less than 7 years old," the trooper recalled.

Berry was charged with criminal threatening. He was released after posting $200 bail.

Bob Rousseau told the newspaper that Berry is "a pretty good neighbor."

"He's a hard worker, so I doubt he finds time to drink and act foolish," he added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.