Resident calls Fort Worth police to report mysterious clown sighting

FORT WORTH - Police responded to an unusual call late Sunday after a concerned resident reported seeing a person dressed as a clown running down the sidewalk and yelling.

The call came out at 11:30 p.m. in a residential area in the 5800 block of Melanie Lane, near I-35W and Loop 820 in North Fort Worth.

Officers couldn't find the supposed clown, however, and no report was taken, as they could not determine that a criminal offense had occurred.

This is one of the first reports of the mysterious clown sightings in North Texas.

Since August, people across the country have been on edge after various reports of clown sightings in more than 10 states.

The reports have varied in nature and some of them have been deemed to be false.

Social media website DFW Scanner indicates it has received a dozen or so calls about local clown sightings in North Texas, although those calls have not been confirmed by police.

Regardless, authorities across the nation are taking each situation seriously.

Last week several schools in Cincinnati, Ohio closed because a woman reported being attacked by a male dressed as a clown.

On Friday threats posted on Facebook claimed that clowns were going to kidnap students and kill teachers. This caused several schools nationwide to take precautionary action, including heightened security and lock downs.

In August children in Greenville, South Carolina reported clowns were trying to lure them into the woods with money, although those claims have yet to be substantiated and no arrests have been made.

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