WINNIPEG – The creepy clown phenomenon that’s sweeping the globe has landed a couple of Winnipeg teenagers in hot water.
Around 8 o’clock Saturday night, two people dressed in clown costumes were chasing people on Antrim Road in Valley Gardens. One of the clowns was possibly armed.
Police tracked down the suspects, two 17 year old boys, on Kimberley Avenue. They were taken into custody, and clown-like masks were recovered along with a large flashlight.
Charges were considered, but the boys were let off with a warning.
Police have issued an advisory saying it is not against the law to dress up as a clown, but if you do so and get out of line or threaten the safety of others, you could be arrested and charged.
“Dressing up as a clown, that’s your prerogative,” says Constable Jason Michalyshen. “Dressing up as a clown, chasing people with a weapon or what is perceived to be a weapon whether it’s a flashlight possibly believed to be a knife, possibly believed to be a bat, now we’re talking about something different.”
On the subject of whether or not police want people to stop wearing clown costumes, Michalyshen says “That’s not my decision to make. That’s not my call. I’m not costume patrol.”
Michalyshen adds — these creepy clown incidents appear to be the work of pranksters simply looking to scare people, but if you find yourself being harassed by a clown and fear for your safety, call 911.