Pittsburgh area police are investigating reports of the apparent return of creepy clowns, this time possibly with guns.
A group of children in suburban West Mifflin were playing in the woods by their homes in the early evening Saturday when they reported that two men dressed like scary clowns and carrying weapons approached and chased them.
“My kid came running in the house screaming that there were two guys chasing him,” Michael Milkowski told KDKA-TV.
Milkowski said he was skeptical, but walked out of his house to see two men running away. One man appeared to be carrying a shotgun, the other a pipe.
Police searched the area for hours after receiving Milkowski’s 911 call, but found no one. Extra officers have continued to patrol the area.
The report follows a long respite from a wild rash of creepy clown reports across the country — and overseas — some of them real and some imagined, which began in the summer of 2016. Clown sightings were reported in several states, including New York, New Jersey, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Texas and California.
People were arrested for trespassing and causing mischief in clown masks; one Wisconsin couple was busted on suspicion of child neglect after allegedly leaving their 4-year-old daughter home alone so they could go out on the streets and scare strangers. Some people were arrested for making false creepy clown reports. A teenager wearing clown mask was fatally stabbed in Pennsylvania, apparently in a fight over the mask.
By last October horror writer Stephen King was pleading with people to stop clownageddon. “Hey, guys, time to cool the clown hysteria — most of em are good, cheer up the kiddies, make people laugh,” King tweeted.
King’s 1986 novel “It” features a monster named Pennywise who appears in human form as a murderous clown who terrorizes a group of young children. Tim Curry played the clown in a 1990 TV miniseries.
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