UPDATE: Clown Sightings in 38 States, Spreading to Canada Sept 26, 2016 22:38:58 GMT -5
Post by Graveyardbride on Sept 26, 2016 22:38:58 GMT -5
Clown Sightings in Florida, Arrests in Georgia & Kentucky
Creepy clown sightings happening around the eastern US have now spread to Florida. A video of a clown seen hiding in the woods near a road in Marion County has both deputies and residents on edge. The video was posted on Facebook last week and has since been viewed more than a million times. During another reported sighting in Florida, a Palm Bay (Brevard County) resident was walking her dog Sunday evening when she spotted two clowns staring at her and ran home as fast as she could.
Photos and videos of the creepy clown sightings are increasingly becoming popular and taking social media by storm. Florida deputies, as well as law enforcement agencies around the country, are issuing warnings to communities advising of the dangers behind what is believed to be a prank.
Sightings have now been reported in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and South Carolina and there have been arrests of a man in clown costume, a man who turned in a false report and a child carrying weapon for protection against clowns. An 11-year-old girl in Athens, Georgia, was arrested earlier this month for bringing a knife to school that she said was to protect her family and herself from the clowns that were reportedly terrorizing the community.
Another arrest occurred in Middlesboro, Kentucky, Friday, Sept. 23, when Jonathan Martin (above), 20, was taken into custody and charged with wearing a mask in a public place and disorderly conduct. According to police, he was discovered in what was said to be "full clown costume" and mask crouching among trees by an apartment complex.
Recent reports of clowns attempting to lure children into the woods have sparked alarm and police have warned individuals against dressing in clown costumes, adding it could lead to criminal charges. "Dressing as a clown and driving, walking or standing in public can create a dangerous situation for you and others," police in nearby Barbourville, Kentucky, said in a statement online. "While dressing up is not, in and of itself, against the law, doing so in public and thereby creating an unnecessary sense of alarm is illegal."
Also in Kentucky, authorities in Glasgow and Bowling Green have received multiple complaints from residents about clowns scaring members of the public. The Glasgow Police Department received two complaints and both the Bowling Green Police Department and Warren County Sheriff's Office responded to clown-related calls earlier this week.
Sources: Jernell Pridgeon, WTVJ, Sept. 26, 2016; WCPO, Sept. 24, 2016; Deborah Highland, The Bowling Green Daily News, Sept. 23, 2016; and Meg Wagner, The New York Daily News, Sept. 24, 2016.