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.
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.
"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.