What's going on with these clown outbreaks across America? Elizabeth NolanBrown offers a comprehensive update and recent history.
During the 2014 Wasco Clown fiasco, copycat creepers were spotted in Bakersfield, California (where the news warned of scary clowns clamoring about town with baseball bats and knives but the only clown was caught was an unarmed 14-year-old who told police he was participating in a prank); Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Fishers, Indiana. Police in Fishers asked residents to report clown sightings but stressed that walking around in a clown costume wasn't, on its own, against the law.
Police in Green Bay, Wisconsin, echoed this sentiment in early August after receiving several calls about a menacing clown carrying black balloons through the city. Police Captain Kevin Warych explained that there was nothing they could do about "Gags" the clown because "a person can walk down the sidewalk dressed however they want as long as they're in a place they legally can be."
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