TORONTO, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A famous Canadian clown helped save two women from a violent attacker in downtown Toronto on Sunday.
Shane Farberman, also known as "Doo Doo the Clown", noticed a shirtless man jumping over cars and pushing pedestrians, so he decided to investigate in his Hummer. He then witnessed the man violently confronting two women in an alley and was able to pull them into the vehicle and drive them to safety.
After Faberman was able to rescue the women and call 911, the man attempted to break into the vehicle, knocking off one of the side view mirrors.
When police arrived the man had to be restrained by eight officers before being taken into custody.
"It wasn't a laughing matter...it was pretty terrifying," Faberman told CTV Toronto.
On Monday, Faberman was commended by the city for his bravery, but above all else he was thankful that no one was hurt.
"Thank goodness the worst part of it is my mirror," he told CP24. "If that can be the worst, that's it."
Faberman, a husband and father, also said that he didn't even consider the fact that he was still in his clown suit while jumping into action.
"I didn't even think of me being in clown [costume]. I've been doing this for 32 years, so I forget that I'm in costume when I'm to there in between shows. It was a no-brainer," he said.
The attacker was identified as 25-year-old Wei Gou. It is believed that he was under the influence of illegal drugs when he attacked the women. He was charged with two counts of assault and one count of mischief.