The suspicious clown activity has grown across Southern California especially in the Santa Clarita area.
Authorities are urging people in Santa Clarita to avoid any confrontation with and to report any clown involved suspicious activity. This comes after a clown related incident wound up with two men being arrested.
According to the sheriff’s department, at about 6:35a.m. Sunday morning a Newhall man called the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station to report he’d been approached by a man wearing a clown mask who was armed with a knife in the 25500 block of Via Desca. The reporting party told authorities he then fired off a warning shot to scare off the clown suspect.
According to sheriff’s department spokeswoman Shirley Miller, “Further investigation revealed that the caller, who reported the clown incident, was possibly under the influence of illegal substances and may have misconstrued the story.”
She went on to say, “He stated to responding deputies that he fired one round into the air to scare away the ‘clown.’ A search of the man’s house revealed multiple weapons, along with illegal narcotics.”
CBS Los Angeles reports the sheriff’s spokeswoman said that soon after the incident and not far from the reporting parties house, sheriff’s deputies stopped and detained 44-year-old Michael Willis. Willis was allegedly in possession a 6-inch kitchen knife, a clown mask and some burglary tools.
“Both of the men were taken into custody at Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. It is unknown at this time if the two incidents are related. The investigation is ongoing.”
Authorities identified the caller who was later arrested on suspicion of illegally possessing a firearm as 24-year-old William Eto.
Anyone who is approached by a clown acting in a threatening manner should or sees any suspicious activity should avoid confrontation and call the sheriff’s station at (661) 255-1121. Authorities ask that callers should try their best to note any descriptors of the individual or vehicle, Miller said.