‘Creepy clowns’ chase NJ woman for miles … and 6 other incidents as craze continues
A Hawthonre woman was reportedly chased by a pickup truck with two people wearing clown masks, and another school was threatened as New Jersey's "creepy clown" incidents continue.
The Daily Voice cited Fair Lawn police saying the 24-year-old woman was driving home early Wednesday around 1 a.m. on Route 23 in Butler when she was followed by a pick-up truck with two people wearing clown masks "pointing and waving" out the window.
The woman thought she shook the Toyota Tundra as she drove onto Route 287, but it continued to follow as she headed toward Route 208, police reportedly told the site. She called 911, and Wyckoff police issued an alert to area police, the report quotes Sgt. Brian Metzler saying. A Fair Lawn officer pulled the truck over on Route 3, he said.
Five people were inside the pickup and two were arrested, according to the report.
- South Brunswick High School was the target of an online clown threat on Wednesday following a social media post that read “wait for Wednesday" according to TAP into South Brunswick citing police there. There was an increased police presence around the school but there were no incidents.
- Lower Township Police said an 11-year-old girl was charged with a juvenile charge of making a terroristic threat and embarrassment after she sent two threats via text with a clown face attached to another 11-year-old girl.
- Clown attire has been banned from Monroe Public Schools in Middlesex County following threats about people dressed as clowns coming to district schools.
- Two people dressed as clowns, one with a pellet gun, were spotted near Pinewood Apartments in Lakewood Tuesday night a resident reportedly told the Lakewood Scoop. In a separate incident a man walking with his children and grandchildren on North Lake Drive claimed to be approached by 3 teen boys wearing clown masks, according to the site.
- North Plainfield Police responded to reports of a man wearing a clown mask scaring kids on Summit Avenue as they walked home from school acccording to MyCentralJersey.com. Police told the news site the man said he had a mask but was only showing it to friends.
- Two teens were arrested in Ocean County Wednesday for making online threats that turned out to be false while a fake Instagram account made threats against the Timberlane Middle School in the Hopewell Valley school district.
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.