LAGRANGE, Ga. - Disturbing reports of people dressed as clowns attempting to lure children into woods have spread into a third southern state.
Police in LaGrange, Georgia, said Monday night that they received "several calls about clowns in a van and in wooded areas trying to talk to children." The situation is no laughing matter, the department said in a Facebook post.
"This behavior is not cute or funny," police said. "Understand that if officers see this behavior, you're going to have a conversation with them. And, if applicable, you may face criminal charges."
The warning follows multiple creepy clown sightings in the Carolinas. Parents have been on edge after about a half-dozen reports of the menacing clowns trying to lure children to wooded areas.
A majority of the reports have been made in a smattering of North Carolina cities. None of the reports have been substantiated, according to police, and at least one person has been accused of making up a confrontation with a clown.
Police in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Friday arrested 24-year-old David Armstrong after he admitted to lying about chasing down a clown who had knocked on his window.
In Greensboro, N.C., a machete-wielding man allegedly chased a clown in a scary mask, red hair and clown shoes into the woods last Tuesday.
Police asked people to refrain from confronting anyone acting suspiciously, clowns or otherwise.
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