Published On: Tue, Sep 20th, 2016

‘Creepy Clown’ reports hit the headlines in Ohio, South Carolina

In Columbus, Ohio and Greenville, South Carolina, creepy clowns are in the headlines.

A 14-year-old boy heading to a school bus stop Tuesday morning in Columbus told police he was chased by a black-clad man armed with a knife and wearing a clown mask, police said.

“The victim was able to get away from him by throwing a rock at him,” said police spokeswoman Denise Alex-Bouzounis, who added that police are now canvassing the area in search of the suspect and keeping a close eye on the bus stop in north Columbus near where the incident occurred.

Poltergeist scary clown poster know what scare you“We don’t know whether this was a prank or not, but we are taking it seriously,” she said.

The residents of Greenville, S.C., have made multiple reports that menacing clowns are lurking in the woods — sometimes, allegedly, offering kids cash to follow them.

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said it has increased patrols around the Fleetwood Manor apartment complex after it learned that men opened fire into woods behind the complex last week. Residents told a deputy that the men were spooked by what an incident report described as “recent clown activity.”

According to the incident report, multiple residents, some of them children, said they saw the clowns — who they said were carrying flashing green laser lights — creeping around on the night of Aug. 21.

Some of the kids said the clowns showed them “large amounts of money,” according to the investigative report. But when the deputy canvassed the abandoned house the kids said they’d been lured to, nothing suspicious was found.

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