Remember when we wrote about the sudden epidemic in horrific “clown trolling” sweeping the globe? It seemed that the incidents had dropped off for a while, with only a few reports over the past year… but oh, how wrong we were. How very, very wrong.
According to FOX Carolina, residents of an apartment complex in Greenville County, South Carolina aren’t just creeped out by clown sightings; they’re legitimately terrified for their safety — particularly that of their children.
Several tenants of the Fleetwood Manor Apartments have reported receiving letters from the property manager, addressing complaints from a neighbor who claimed to have sighted an unknown person dressed as a creepy clown attempting to “lure children into the woods.”
The letter, dated August 24, warns all tenants to keep their children from wandering outside unaccompanied (especially at night), and management posted a 10 pm curfew on the property to enforce this. They also noted that Greenville County police have been notified, and are patrolling the area in search of the costumed perpetrator.
Police confirmed with FOX Carolina that, since August 21, they have indeed been receiving reports of “a suspicious character, dressed in circus clown attire and white face paint, enticing kids to follow him/her into the woods.”
But that’s only the beginning — it seems this clown creeper may not be working alone.
Deputies say one witness saw multiple clowns using “green laser lights” while moving about in the shadows, and another report described a “large-figured clown with a blinking nose” lurking beneath a streetlight. In some cases, the clowns were reportedly offering money in order to entice kids to follow them.
Fleetwood Manor tenant Donna Arnold told reporters she contacted police after her son and his friends claimed to have spotted clowns near the complex’s basketball court.
“I thought my child was seeing things,” Arnold said, “and then the next day I had about thirty kids come me up to me and say, ‘Did you see the clown in the woods?’”
Neighborhood kids believe that these clowns hide out in an old house behind the apartment complex, which is only accessible by a trail through the woods. Police actually found the house in question… but it was abandoned.