A man dressed as a creepy clown and his female partner have been arrested after leaving their 4-year-old home alone so they could frighten residents of Menasha, Wisconsin.
911 and Menasha authorities received calls in the morning of Oct. 7 reporting people in clown masks chasing after vehicles.
KTXL reports surveillance video caught an officer confronting two men, ages 20 and 29, who were involved in the event.
Officers say a 26-year-old woman, who drove the suspects, was in the clown’s vehicle parked nearby.
Although no one was charged for terrorizing citizens with clown costumes, cops charged the 29-year-old man and the 26-year-old woman for neglecting their child to perform the prank.
Police chief Tim Styka said, “They had left this 4-year-old girl home alone while they decided to go out and do their clowning activities.”
However, the 20-year-old man was not charged with any wrongdoing.
The child was placed by the Department of Human Services outside of the home. The woman was also detained in the Winnebago County Jail on a probation hold.
There have also been reports of another clown hoax involving a 14-year-old happening in the same area, according to WBAY.
“[A] teenager gets out of the vehicle and says, ‘Can you move so we can drive through?’ At this point the clown presented what turned out to be a real knife and just held it in his hand — didn’t run after the car, didn’t display it like this, just held it,” said Ed Slinde of Fox Valley Metro Police.
The teenager is facing a charge of disorderly conduct with a deadly weapon. Earlier, authorities were called in to investigate a clown carrying what looked like a sledgehammer through a park.
“We’re very concerned with the public and for these people, that somebody is going to get hurt, and it needs to stop,” Slinde said.
Wisconsin police warn that these Halloween pranks could get out of hand and urge potential pranksters to stop.
“This is kind of one of those internet sensations that’s really taking on a life of its own and people are just really starting to make some really poor and dumb decisions to participate in some of these activities,” Styka said.