No clowning around over new craze
POLICE are warning of a socialmedia inspired clown craze set to sweep Australia after a teenage girl was chased and grabbed by three people wearing clown masks at the weekend.
In an incident thought to be inspired by the release of Stephen King’s It, 16-year-old Rastana Baker claims she was scratched on the neck after pulling away when she was grabbed by a person in a clown mask in Perth’s southern suburbs. The teenager said she had been walking to a friend’s house for a sleepover about 7.15pm when a car stopped behind her and three people got out wearing clown masks and dark clothing.
“I didn’t want to look back a second time but I could tell they were behind me when I heard them laughing,” Rastana said.
“When I did turn around I saw the wigs and clown faces. They were running in and out of the bushes, running up to me and making clown noises.”
Rastana claims when she tried to run away one clown grabbed her by the shoulder. After breaking free she ran to her friend’s house and called police.