A creepy clown has been spotted wandering the streets of Staten Island, New York.
Creepy clown sightings have reached an all-time high, with these red-nosed mothereffers popping up everywhere from SC to Kentucky to Green Bay, Wisconsin, while others so desperate to cash in on "clown fever" have managed to get themselves arrested calling in false clown sightings.
The creepy clown phenomenon has been spreading across the country. "In South Carolina, two of the clowns were afraid to go out and perform, and they're two of my customers", said Tricia Manuel, owner of the Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp in Buffalo, Minnesota.
Gainesville Police Department spokesman Officer Ben Tobias said Thursday that there have been two instances in recent days of area residents seeing people dressed as clowns, apparently intending to scare people.
Law enforcement agencies warn that people making false reports as well as those dressing up and trying to scare others will be charged.
"It's not a stretch to have people fear a mask, the clown", Byrd-Lonski said. "Approaching people in a threatening manner and threatening people is illegal". Morgan City police are investigating anonymous tips about a clown walking around a business. Should they witness it they should contact police immediately.
"Multiple people have been contacting the police recently, inquiring about whether or not they should be concerned with the 'clown sightings.' It seems that there are many rumors going around about there being people dressed as clowns in different areas of town", the post read.
SU Police remind students to be aware of their surroundings, take necessary precautions and call university police at 717-477-1444 for incidents occurring on campus or 911 for incidents off-campus.
The Salisbury Police Department is asking anyone with information concerning these clown sightings to contact Crime Solvers at 410-548- 1776 or the Police Department at 410-548-3165. "That's not what we're all about", she said.
Police say the man reportedly violated a city ordinance by covering his face, which is what they were able to charge him with.
Tom Holland, a member of the Ali Ghan Shrine Club clown unit, told the Cumberland Times-News the group won't participate in the October 29 Mummers' Parade in Hagerstown, Maryland, due to the sightings.