Blairstown police issue warning after lewd incident involving people wearing clown masks

BLAIRSTOWN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (Warren County) – The clown sightings keep surfacing and police in Blairstown Township are not taking it lightly.

On Monday, October 3, two people dressed as clowns were making lewd gestures as they drove behind a school bus in Stillwater Township, Sussex County, according to police.

“I can assure the public if we find a person dressing as a clown and causing a false public alarm you will be arrested and charged to the fullest extent of the law,” police said on Facebook.

“Causing people fear and scaring children is not a funny prank and will not be tolerated by the Blairstown Police Department,” police said.

Also in Morris County, Parsippany police received a report on Monday, October 3 at 9:46 p.m. of a person with a clown mask carrying a plastic machete and scaring people at the Quick Chek on N. Beverwyck Road.

A female stated a male in a clown mask approached her as she was exiting the store and made gestures to her in a manner to scare her, then fled to the side of the building out of her view. The male was described as wearing a clown mask, black hoodie, black pants, and black hair, police said.

A second witness, who advised the Officers as he was walking around the side of the Quick Chek building the male in the clown mask approached him dragging the machete on the ground and attempted to scare him. The witness stated the unknown male then fled the scene, possibly with two females, through a hole in the fence in the rear of the building, police said.

The area was checked by patrol officers, but the clown was not located.

On Tuesday, police were able to identify the juvenile that was wearing the clown mask in Mondays’ incident and it was determined that this was a misguided prank and no threat to the community exists, police said.

No charges have been filed, police said.

“We would also like to address the large number of rumors circulating through social media and by word of mouth in the schools. The rumors of clowns coming to the schools, possible school lockdowns, or any other incident are all rumors based on no factual information. If you do have any factual information or screen grabs of posts of people threatening anything, please contact the Parsippany Police Department 973-263-4300,” police said.

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By: Jay Edwards
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