WIBWNewsNow.com reporter Shawn Wheat, spotted a man Saturday night dressed as a clown at the intersection of SE 37th and Adams. He tried to approach the man to ask him questions, but the costumed man ran off.
The Topeka Police have issued a strong warning to anyone who feels compelled to join this national trend, stating, “Nothing good can come from it.” Capt. Scott Gilchrist says he’s not sure who started the creepy clown trend, but it could cause problems for the public. It could also be problematic for anyone dressed like a clown in public. “He’s putting his own safety at risk; it’s not safe,” Gilchrist said. He said that if someone feels threatened, that person has the right to protect themselves.
The police are particularly concerned about what happened to the costumed man after Wheat encountered him. “I heard shouting from around the corner and I could see the man in the costume was being followed by four teens.” Wheat continued, “They started chasing him while angrily yelling obscenities and using racial slurs .”
Wheat called out to the teens and told them that the police had been notified. That’s when he saw the youth jump into a silver van and drive away. “I couldn’t see where the guy in the clown outfit ran,” Wheat said. Police say they responded and checked the area, but didn’t find the man.
Gilchrist says the trend is not only dangerous but could result in charges for anyone wearing a costume in public, especially if someone is hurt or if complaints are filed.
Creepy clown sightings have been reported in at least 10 states, according to a report on USAToday.com.