Wednesday, October 5th authorities arrested a Fontana teenager after they issued warnings about residents in multiple Southern California cities being threatened by people dressed as clowns.
CBS Los Angeles reports Fontana police identified the 14-year-old teenager as the “FontanaKillerClown” on social media.
According to a press release from the Fontana Police Department, the teenage suspect claimed “his intention was to scare people and see how many followers he could obtain on his social media site.”
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lancaster Station noted in a statement on their Facebook page, that at least three incidents of “a group of males…wearing clown masks and possibly carrying a kitchen knife, approaching several pedestrians.”
The statement said, “In all three incidents, there was nothing taken from the victims and it appears that the group of suspects is only trying to scare the victims.”
Authorities report that it wasn’t known whether adults or juveniles were the mask-wearing clowns.
After multiple “scare tactic” style videos were posted online, the sheriff’s department warned residents to “stay aware of their surroundings.”
There was also a video posted online that showed dozens of Cal State Northridge students running away from a supposed clown sighting.
There was a tweet that stated, “My friend was just chased by a clown at the Dorms!!! #CSUN”
Earlier reports of unconfirmed clown sightings and what could be hoaxes in Murrieta and Temecula prompted authorities to issue public advisories.
There’s numerous Instragram pages dedicated to the multiple nationwide clown threats and sightings, and one popped up with photos of several Southern California locations, including Carson High School and the Arthur Johnson skate park in Gardena, included with the following caption: “We will be invading Los Angeles, Carson, Culver City, Torrance, Crenshaw, Inglewood, Pasadena, Compton, Lakewood, Palmdale etc. !! be ware (sp)”.
There was even one Instargram post that featured a photo of one of these clowns next to a “Free Hugs” graffiti sign that said, “Going to Carson high school tomorrow.”