The great clown epidemic of 2016 continued Tuesday when a man with a machete reportedly chased a person wearing “a clown mask, red curly wig, yellow spotted shirt, blue clown pants and clown shoes” into the woods of a Greensboro, N.C, apartment complex.
CBS News reports that police found no trace of the clown and that no children were involved in this particular incident, unlike similar ones in recent days.
Citizens of both South and North Carolina have been on high alert after clowns in at least two cities reportedly tried to lure kids into the woods with offers of candy and other treats. On Saturday, residents of an apartment complex in Winston-Salem—just 30 miles west of Greensboro—claim a clown harassed local children.
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One resident, Lakisha Smith, told WFMY that the clown spoke to her grandchildren
“He offered them treats and candy to go into the woods,” she said. “It’s just scary.”
The Winston-Salem incident comes a week after another—or perhaps the same?—group of clowns reportedly tried to coax kids into the woods near a Greenville, S.C. apartment complex.
What have the Carolinas done to be plagued by such a terrifying plight? Who knows. But the horror has been so extreme that “clowning around” is now against the law, at least according to one South Carolina cop.
“The clowning around needs to stop,” Greenville police chief Ken Miller said last week. “It’s illegal, it’s dangerous, it’s inappropriate, [and] it’s creating community concern.”