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Cops Step Up Patrols After More Carolina Clown Sightings

Kids say clown tried to lure them with treats
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2016 3:50 AM CDT
Cops Step Up Patrols After More SC Clown Sightings
A clown poses for pictures during a clown convention in Mexico City.   (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Cops are seeking a suspect with white overalls, red shoes, red bushy hair, a white face, and a red nose after the latest in a string of disturbing clown sightings in the Carolinas. In the latest incident, police in Winston-Salem, NC, say the suspect tried to lure kids into woods with treats near a residential area Sunday night, Fox8 reports. Officers say the clown apparently fled the area when they turned up. They say the suspect was seen by two children and was heard, but not seen, by an adult, reports the Winston-Salem Journal. Hours later, a second caller reported a clown in the same area.

Police say a search of the woods turned up no evidence of any clowns, but they have stepped up patrols in the neighborhood, the AP reports. Before the latest sightings, police in South Carolina said they had received at least eight calls about clowns or suspected clowns, but they've been unable to confirm any of them, reports Reuters. Some suspect the sightings could be linked to the new Rob Zombie horror movie 31, which was released Sept. 1 and features a gang of evil clowns. (The chief of police in Greenville, SC, where most of the creepy clown reports have come from, says suspected clowns will be arrested on sight.)

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