Update: A commenter below and others on social media have noted Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo was asked about the FOX 7 story on KLBJ 93.7's "Dudley and Bob Show" this morning. Some believe he disputed the report on Juggalo gang members in Austin.
KUT News spoke with Chief Acevedo this afternoon. He says he does not dispute the content of FOX 7's reporting.
Original Post (12:47 p.m.): Has the dark carnival spread to Austin?
An anonymous Austin Police detective is saying that Juggalo gangs – fans of rap crew the Insane Clown Posse engaged in criminal activity – may be responsible for an increase in downtown crime.
FOX 7 News reports:
“The crimes associated with Juggalos include assaults, thefts and drug use.
‘They're doing a lot of pocket checks where they use force to take something from somebody. Or they'll come up [and] pick someone's pocket,’ the detective said.
The victims, officers say, are downtown patrons who have had too much to drink. The homeless have also been targeted.”
For those not in the know, Insane Clown Posse is a Detroit-based rap group that has slowly amassed one of the most devoted fanbases in underground music.