One woman, walking home in late evening, saw a clown with a blinking nose waving at her while standing under a street light by a dumpster. Another resident claims that she saw clowns run away after her son told her that he saw clowns with green laser pointers. Other local children have claimed that a clown offered them money to follow them into the woods.
The spooky reports led police to issue a warning to residents of the Fleetwood Manor apartments, where the sightings allegedly occured.
“To The Residents of Fleetwood Manor. There has been several conversations and a lot of complaints to the office regarding a clown or a person dressed in clown clothing taking children or trying to lure children in the woods,” the letter began, warning parents to not let children roam alone at night, and to provide supervision at all times.
A clown was first reported August 21 by a woman who claimed that her son spotted clowns at the edge of the woods. A responding officer found that other neighbors claimed to have seen the figures.
Reports have steadily rolled in, with another sighting called in from a different nearby apartment complex on Monday evening, as another juvenile reported to police that someone had been taking photographs of children in the neighborhood.
On Tuesday, Master Deputy Sheriff Ryan Flood announced that the department has yet to confirm any of the sightings, but that they have extra deputies on duty to patrol the area.