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Man Arrested After He Allegedly Makes False Report About Spotting A Clown


A North Carolina man was arrested after he allegedly made a false report that he spotted a clown as similar sightings have left local communities in fear, authorities said.

David Armstrong, 24, allegedly told police he chased a clown after the circus performer knocked on his Winston-Salem home’s window Friday morning, KIRO-TV reported.  

But the entire encounter reportedly never happened, as Armstrong later admitted to fabricating the entire incident.

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He was arrested on one count of filing a false police report and remained in custody at the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center on Sunday, authorities said.

Clown sightings have been reported in Fayetteville, Winston-Salem, High Point and Greensboro as well. Clowns have also been reported trying to lure children into the woods in Greenville, South Carolina.

None of the reports have been substantiated.

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"This is kind of getting a little bit out of hand," Capt. Joel Shores told WSOC-TV. "We don't understand why people are doing it, but it becomes a serious issue when you start posting pictures of these clowns and saying you've seen them near a school."

Police warned that anyone making a false report will be arrested.

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