TACOMA, Wash. -- It’s not Halloween yet, but people in Western Washington are already reporting sightings of creepy clowns in their neighborhoods.
KING 5 viewer Ryan Naylor took video of a clown walking in Tacoma on 26th Street around 7 p.m. Sunday. Naylor said he called police, who told him to stay indoors.
Peewee Nuno spotted a clown at an AM/PM parking lot in Lynnwood around the same time and captured it on Facebook live.Other people have reported seeing clowns in Spanaway, Graham and South Hill. Related: What we know about creepy clown reportsReports of eerie clown sightings have been popping around the country, resulting in school closures and investigations. And the reports keep coming.Over the weekend, Philadelphia school district officials and police said they were investigating creepy clown threats made against local schools on social media.The Spring Independent School District in Houston issued a security statement on Sunday night after receiving creepy clown threats against students and teachers.Schools in Cincinnati, Ohio, closed on Friday because a woman reported being attacked by a male dressed as a clown. Another woman, who reported being attacked by a clown early Saturday, was later arrested after police confirmed that she lied about being attacked by a knife-wielding person dressed as a clown.On Sept. 30, a woman in Portland said a man wearing a silver clown mask, black clothing and black gloves started banging on her driver-side window at an intersection,OregonLive reports. Sgt. Pete Simpson, spokesperson for the Portland Police Bureau, told OregonLive he didn’t know of the incident.Sept. 28 a woman reported seeing a man in Central Oregon wearing a clown mask with blue-painted teeth. Police were unable to locate the clown.Internet responds with #IfISeeAClownWhile the police investigate these incidents, people on social media are using the hashtag #IfISeeAClown to share how they would deal with a creepy clown sighting.Here are a few of the strategies people have come up with:Run as fast as you can.
KING 5's Liza Javier contributed to this report.
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