People who suffer from a fear of clowns can rest easy, well, easier. You may or may not be aware of a bizarre plague of creepy voyeurs dressed in clown costumes and make-up who have been spotted in numerous small towns across America.
Locals have reported more sightings of the malevolent pranksters in various states. South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky among many others have been stricken by the jesters. Apparently, the clowns have been sighted trying to lure kids into woods and other secluded areas.
But worry not, police in Middlesboro, Kentucky have managed to subdue one such clown and arrest him. Who is the man beneath the make-up? Does this mean we’re all safe to leave our homes? Or is the horror still out there? To meet the culprit flick over to page two.
Police officers in Middlesboro, Kentucky have arrested a trespassing man dressed as a clown clown that they say was crouching in the woods near an apartment complex in a full mask and costume. Witnesses have reported sightings of mysterious figures lurking near local properties and attempting to lure children away in dozens of different states, but until now the authorities have been unable to make any arrests.
Jonathan Martin was arrested on the morning of Friday 23 September in Bell County, Kentucky, on charges of disorderly conduct, wearing a hood or mask in a public place, as well as two outstanding warrants for non-payment of fines and failure to appear in court, after being caught “causing alarm” by dressing up as a clown and crouching down in the woods beside an apartment complex.
Twenty-two-year-old Martin was arrested just after 1am, and faces a heavy fine. In many parts of Kentucky, the law states that “No person shall, while wearing any hood, mask or device whereby a substantial portion of the face is hidden or covered so as to conceal the identity of the wearer, enter, be or appear in any public place within the city.”
Hopefully with a little more work the police can clear these clowns off the street. That was weird to type.