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Assault suspect arrested in park

A Modesto man who is suspected of being in a street gang authorities call Juggalos was arrested Thursday afternoon in Graceada Park, the very place he promised to stay away from when Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Dawna Frenchie Reeves released him on his own recognizance weeks ago.

Details of the arrest were not available, but Deputy District Attorney Thomas Brennan said authorities had been looking for Larry Rayalan Williams, 20, because he is charged with assaulting a man in the park but failed to show up at a court hearing last week.

"They got him at the park," Brennan said, chuckling at the irony.

Sgt. Brian Findlen, a Modesto police spokesman, said Williams was apprehended about 4:55 p.m. Thursday, after a woman who had been threatened by Williams helped the authorities lure him to the park. Findlen declined further comment.

Williams faces three more felony charges: making a terrorist threat, committing a crime while on bail and violating the terms of his probation. He was convicted of assault in 2007.

Williams, Brandon Ferrell, 18, Joshua Huggins, 17, and Kurt Petersen, 22, are suspected of assaulting William August of Modesto, who was in the park with his girlfriend and teenage daughters March 7.

The defendants were among a group of young people who hang out in the park on weekend nights, sometimes paint their faces in crazy clown makeup and share an affinity for a Detroit-based "horrorcore" band known as Insane Clown Posse.

The men, who had been in custody after their arrest, were released on their own recognizance in the midst of an April 22 hearing, because they invoked their right to a speedy trial and a scheduling difficulty made it impossible to convene a continuous hearing.

The judge imposed bail again at their arraignment, when Ferrell, Huggins and Peterson were remanded to the custody of the Sheriff's Department and the Probation Department. They are held in lieu of $90,000 bail.

Williams did not show up for his arraignment, but now is held on a $125,000 bench warrant.

Bee staff writer Susan Herendeen can be reached at sherendeen@modbee.com or 578-2338.

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