Creepy Clowns Frighten Central California, Draw Police - NBC Bay Area

Creepy Clowns Frighten Central California, Draw Police



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    Creepy clowns seen in Central California are causing nightmares, and have police on high alert in the area. The Wasco Clown, which has reportedly influenced copycats, has been posting creepy photos on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

    People dressed as clowns are causing a stir in California's San Joaquin Valley.

    The latest after-dark sighting came Saturday, when police in Bakersfield responded around 8 p.m. to a report of a clown holding a firearm.

    Officers searched but didn't find anyone.

    The Bakersfield Californian reports that the latest sighting came after a week during which police received numerous calls about scary or mischievous clowns.

    According to the newspaper, police said they have arrested one minor who acknowledged dressing up and chasing younger juveniles. The LA Times reports that the minor admitted to copying the "Wasco Clown," a spooky figure making the rounds on social media.

    Wasco is located about 30 miles northwest of Bakersfield.


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