NEWS BRIEF Police in Greenville, South Carolina, are increasing patrols near an apartment complex after the community’s residents were warned about clowns reportedly trying to lure children into the woods, despite little evidence the clowns exist.
On August 21, police responded to reports of clown sightings near the apartment complex. In the incident report, the officer wrote: “I was conducting a follow up investigation in reference to residents making several reports of a suspicious character, dressed in circus attire and white face paint, enticing kids to follow him/her into the woods.” According to the officer, a resident said her son told her on August 19 that he had seen clowns in the woods. Those clowns, the boy told his mother, were “whispering and making strange noises.” The woman went to the area and, the officer wrote, she “observed several clowns in the woods flashing green laser lights.” The clowns then ran away, she told the officer.
The woman, identified by local television station WYFF as Donna Arnold, told the station that she initially thought her son was lying.
“And then the next day, there was like 30 kids that came up to me and said, ‘Ms. Donna, Ms. Donna, there's clowns in the woods,’” she told WYFF. “My child was with me, so I knew they had to see something. There was more than one kid that seen them, so I feel confident that he was telling the truth.”