NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Creepy clowns have been appearing across the country, and western Massachusetts is not immune.
Northampton Police say they know of one clown incident, but witnesses say a second clown has been spotted after dark.
A photograph of a clown circulated social media Tuesday night. The clown was allegedly spotted multiple times between 10 and Midnight Tuesday near the McDonalds on King Street in Northampton.
People told 22News the clown was spotted right below the golden arches, and they said they’re sure, this clown was no Ronald McDonald.
“I’m scared. I’m really scared,” said Nate Roger of Northampton. “I’m just scared of clowns. I know they are mostly harmless but mostly is mostly and not completely.”
Conway resident Thomas Powers told 22News he saw it all happen. He claims teens chased the clown away but says the clown came back 20 minutes later, hopped into a car, and taunted them through the window while honking.
“He realized that the kids were following him and he did a really dangerous maneuver where he passed about 6 or 7 cars all in one whack which easily could have caused an accident, but then no one saw him again,” said Powers.
The Northampton sighting was around the same time UMass Amherst students went looking for an alleged clown on campus, and several days after this New England Scare Fest promotional video went viral.
“With all the incidents related to clowns that have been going on over the past month or so. Not a good idea to dress up as a clown, especially if you have a fake weapon. That is going to draw some attention and depending on the circumstances, you could be charged with a crime,” said Northampton Police Captain John Cartledge.
Northampton Police said they were never called about the alleged clown sighting and the McDonalds manager didn’t hear about it. But Northampton Police did say in a separate incident, a person got a text message with a video showing a clown throwing a pie on a car, and then returned home to pie on his car.