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Camden man charged for waving knife in front of kids in Joker makeup: police

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Posted at 3:43 PM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 15:43:03-04

HADDOWN TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A Camden County man was charged for intimidating children with a knife while wearing makeup of the "Joker" character from the "Batman" series, police said.

The incident took place on Tuesday in Haddon Township. Assoumou Diby, 25, was waving his pocketknife in front of juveniles, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer and Haddon Township Police Chief Mark Cavallo.

Police responded to complaints of a man wearing "Joker makeup" with a knife on W. Crystal Lake Avenue. It was not specified by authorities which of the several popular "Joker" characters Diby was impersonating, though the Heath Ledger "Dark Knight" portrayal of The Joker is perhaps best known for carrying a knife. Teenagers told the authorities the man drove by very slowly while menacing them.

This followed a series of complaints the Haddon Township Police had gotten about the man dressed as the comic book villain with a weapon. Diby was later stopped, identified and arrested in connection to the incident.

Police said while Diby’s conduct in those previous complaints were disturbing to area residents, his conduct did not rise to the level criminal activity.

Diby is due to appear in court on July 16.