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Creepy Clown Sightings Come to Central PA

by on September 21, 2016 11:42 AM

Sightings of suspicious people dressed as clowns have become something of a phenomenon over the past two years across the country, often unconfirmed and at times revealed to be stunts.

Now a few of those sightings have happened in Central Pennsylvania.

State Police at Huntingdon on Tuesday said they were investigating a report of "an incident involving an individual dressed as a clown." That comes after State College Police received a report early Saturday morning of a man dressed in a clown suit who "acted strangely," in the parking lot of the YMCA on Whitehall Road, according to the Daily Collegian.

In Huntingdon County, police said in a release that the clown did not make any threats. People who observe someone dressed as a clown on their property or along county roads are asked to call state police at 814-627-3161.

"The public is advised to use restraint and allow police to handle the situation," state police said in the release.

A woman in Barr Township, Cambria County told State Police at Ebensburg on Monday night that she spotted a clown looking through her window, according to the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat.

Similar sightings have been reported in other parts of the state this week as well. In Pottsville, Schuylkill County, police received a report that two men dressed as clowns were verbally harassing children. In Hanover Township, Luzerne County, police increased patrols near the local high school after reports circulated of a clown standing in the woods nearby.

A wave of clown sightings has occurred around the country this summer, the most notable occurring in a South Carolina county over the past month where law enforcement have received numerous reports of a group of clowns that have scared children and adults.

In Alabama on Tuesday, four juveniles were arrested for making social media posts under scary clown-themed user names that threatened shootings at local schools. Reports of sinister clowns have led to school lockdowns around Alabama for the past few weeks.

In some states, police have charged people with making false reports after determining the sightings did not happen. 

The rash of sightings is similar to the fall of 2014, when creepy clowns were reported first in California and then in locations across the country. 

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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