A man in a rainbow wig from Pennsylvania who was "working to make Trump President King of the United States again" was arrested after he brought a loaded handgun into a Dairy Queen and had two more in his car.
- Jan Stawovy, 61, was arrested Saturday after he walked into a Dairy Queen with a loaded handgun while wearing a bright yellow vest and a rainbow clown wig.
- Stawovy said he was protecting himself from "drug traffickers" and that he wanted to "kill Democrats and liberals."
- He also said that he wanted to make Trump "king of the United States."
- Stawovy was arrested just one day before 53-year-old QAnon supporter Igor Lanis shot and killed his wife and dog and hurt his daughter.
A man in Pennsylvania walked into a Dairy Queen with a loaded gun while wearing a rainbow clown wig. He told police he wanted to make former President Donald Trump "king of the United States."
Jan V. Stawovy, who is 61 years old, was stopped by police at an ice cream shop in Delmont on Saturday. They had been called about a crazy driver who was wearing strange clothes like a bright yellow safety vest and a rainbow wig.
Police found two more loaded handguns and 62 rounds of ammunition in Stawovy's car, which they took away.
The man has now been charged with not being allowed to carry a gun without a license, not being allowed to own a gun, making terroristic threats, and acting in a disorderly way.
After the incident, Stawovy told investigators that he was "undercover" and had the guns to protect himself from "drug traffickers." He also said that he wanted to kill "Democrats and liberals."
Police said in a news release that Stawovy told them he wanted to "restore Trump to President King of the United States."
He brought the.40-caliber handgun and some loose bullets into the store at the same time as a group of people with mental disabilities who were coming in.
Stawovy was taken into custody without any trouble, and he is now waiting to be charged. At the moment, it is not clear if he has a lawyer to help him.
His Facebook page says that this wasn't the first time he wore a clown wig. A letter from the Barren Run United Methodist Church on September 9 said that Stawovy went to church on that day dressed as a clown and with full makeup.
Stawovy's appearance "scared" other people who were there, and he "once again became argumentative and rude," so the church told him he couldn't come back.
On the letter, he wrote "2nd Love Letters" and "Praise the Lord." It also said, "We hope you can get the help you need."
Even though there is no proof that Stawovy was part of QAnon, his description of Trump as a "President king" is a common way for QAnon followers to talk about the president.
Stawovy was arrested in Pennsylvania just hours before something even more shocking happened in Michigan because of his crazy feelings about Trump.
Igor Lanis, who was 53 years old, shot and killed his wife and their dog. He also hurt his daughter.
Rachel, Lanis's other daughter, posted on a Reddit community where people talk about the effects of QAnon, a far-right fringe group that backs a set of Trump conspiracy theories.
Rebecca Lanis, who is 21 years old, wrote on Reddit's QAnon Casualties page that after Trump lost the election, her dad "started going down the Q rabbit hole."
Rebecca said that her father would make the whole family watch videos about 5G cell towers, vaccines, the idea that the election was stolen, and the idea that some world leaders were "alien-lizard people in disguise."
She wrote, "I'm stunned and I don't even know what to say. F**k you, QAnon. I hope the FBI gets tougher on you and that your stooges who poisoned so many people rot in prison (and hell)."
Rebecca told The Daily Beast that her once-"extremely loving" father, who worked as a car designer and had never been violent, had become very influenced by far-right figures like Alex Jones.
She added, "He knew what was real." But after he lost in 2020, Trump started going down these strange rabbit holes. It played a very big role in what happened.'
In the past, QAnon has been linked to shootings that killed people. In January, another Michigan man who followed Q pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to killing his newlywed wife, whom he thought was a CIA agent, and President Joe Biden's transgender daughter, whom he thought was involved in sex trafficking.
In January 2021, 45-year-old Troy Burke was arrested on open murder and gun charges for shooting and killing his 29-year-old wife, Jessica Burke, who had only been married to him for three months.
And in September of last year, 40-year-old Matthew Taylor Coleman was charged with two counts of first-degree murder of U.S. citizens in a foreign country. The lawyer's office sent out a news release that said, "The charges are punishable by death under the law."