The police in Greenville, South Carolina, are SO done messing around with that creepy clown being spotted at apartment complexes all over the county!
If you’ll remember from earlier this week, there is a person (or people) dressing as a clown (or clowns) and trying to lure children into the woods behind an apartment complex in the southern city!
And now, police are Done. Clowning. Around.
Speaking to the media on Thursday, Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller plainly said officers will arrest and charge any clowns they come across in their investigation:
“It’s illegal. It’s dangerous. It’s inappropriate, and it’s creating community concern so it needs to stop.”
The press conference was called in part because, since we brought you the initial clown story on Monday, several more clown-related calls have gone out — two at the Shemwood Crossing Apartments in the city, and a third in a nearby community!
The evil clown is on the move!!
Then, on Wednesday night, cops were called to the Park Haywood Apartments after a woman in a laundromat reported seeing a middle-aged white man in “clown-like facial makeup and red hair” watching her from outside.
When the woman left, the clown stared her down but did not follow her — and he was gone by the time police arrived.
For Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Flood, that’s a concern:
“This is something that we’re taking very seriously, especially because of the allegations of people dressed in clown outfits trying to lure children into the woods.”
A clown sighting was reported on Thursday in nearby Travelers Rest, South Carolina, too — but cops there believe the incident was just a hoax, no doubt drummed up by people familiar with what’s going on in Greenville.
Above all, none of the clowns seen the last several days have tried to communicate with anyone, according to Chief Miller:
“They only stand in an area to be seen and watch the reaction of individuals.”
That’s a big difference from the earlier clown reports, which stated the suspicious suspects were actively trying to lure kids into the woods.
Regardless, just by being a clown in public with no job to perform is against the law in South Carolina; state law is clear that, aside from people whose employment involves wearing a mask, no one over the age of 16 can appear in public wearing any “device which concealed his identity.”
Meanwhile, Greenville Police spokesman Gilberto Franco pleaded with the public to be safe, get some clown info, and help catch the person(s) responsible for whatever’s been happening in the southern city:
“If there are sightings, take a photo, note person and vehicle descriptions, pay attention to direction of travel, and immediately call 911.”
So it’s come to this — a citywide clown alert.
What a strange story!!