• Creepy clown sightings spread to Georgia; 'not cute or funny,' police say

    By: Lauren Foreman , The Atlanta Journal - Constitution , and Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    LAGRANGE, Ga. - Disturbing reports of people dressed as clowns attempting to lure children into woods have spread into a third southern state.

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    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."

     

    Tonight we’ve received several calls about clowns in a van and in wooded areas trying to talk to children. This behavior...

    Posted by LaGrange Police on Monday, September 12, 2016

    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. 

    There have been multiple reports of creepy clown sightings in North and South Carolina this summer.
    There have been multiple reports of creepy clown sightings in North and South Carolina this summer.
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    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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