NC Police Clown Crackdown: People in Costumes Could be Arrested and Charged

Mr Bass' wife reportedly phoned the police as her husband pursued the clown.

Now, two weeks later and 180 miles away, separate tales of clowns trying to lure children into wooded areas in Winston-Salem, [North Carolina], have set off concerns in that city.

King likens the clown sightings to the "low-level hysteria" caused by things like Slender Man or the Bunny Man. He is charged with filing a false police report.

The police department, she says, is also discouraging "copycat behavior".

The latest sighting occurred on Tuesday when a man brandishing a machete chased a clown into the woods near an apartment complex
The latest sighting occurred on Tuesday when a man brandishing a machete chased a clown into the woods near an apartment complex

If one outlet was going to ask Stephen King about the current terrifying epidemic of scary clowns trying to lure young children into the woods, I'm glad it was the Bangor Daily News - i.e. the Master of Horror's hometown paper. In the Greenville County, some reports say that creepy clowns do knock on doors, too.

Cops didn't find anyone matching clowning around the neighborhood.

There's something very unusual going on in North and SC, as numerous people have reported seeing creepy clowns - sometimes just eerily lurking around in the middle of the night, other times reaching a whole other level of scary and disturbing by trying to entice children into wooded areas with treats or money.

It comes on the heels of several sightings in Greenville, South Carolina. Photos of a man in clown makeup in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in August turned out to be part of a viral marketing campaign for a short film.

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This particular clown was spotted around 10:00 the apartment complex The Park at Oak Ridge, and he or she (it's unclear at this time) was wearing a mask, yellow dotted shirt, blue trousers and had red curly hair.

David McCullough, a Texas performer known professionally as Kornpop the Klown, wrote in an email in response to The Post's earlier Carolina clown coverage, "I have worked very hard all my life to be a person that kids and their parents respect and can look up to".

Many of them have gone further than just stating they have seen clowns, where the police and sheriff's offices haven't, and have started to round up their own posse to handle a situation that doesn't exist.

At a news conference Greenville Police announced that any clowns caught terrorizing residents would face arrest.

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The Bangor Daily News made a decision to ask Bangor's resident clown expert, Stephen King, about why people find clowns scary.

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