Portsmouth Police are sending a warning about clowns chasing people in their city.
A trend that began in Greenville, South Carolina in August of this year has reached Portsmouth, Ohio.
Last night the Portsmouth Police received a report of a person dressed as a clown in the area of the bridge, standing holding an axe and staring at people passing by.
Police also received a report of a clown knocking on the door of a residence on Robinson Avenue.
The Portsmouth Police Department would like to strongly caution individuals or groups against dressing up as clowns and partaking in this type of activity.
To stand in a public area dressed as a clown while brandishing a weapon could lead to an arrest on charges of Inducing Panic or Disorderly Conduct. To attempt to lure a child in any way will result in charges of Criminal Child Enticement and a trip to jail.
Before engaging in this type of conduct a person should consider the gun laws in Ohio that allow for open carry, concealed carry and the protection of your home from someone that enters upon your property that you believe is a threat to your safety or the safety of your family.
To engage in chasing a child or an adult down the street while holding a weapon, even if a prank, will result in an arrest for Aggravated Menacing and could result in tragic consequences for you and other people.
The public is encouraged to notify law enforcement immediately should they see someone dressed as a clown acting out in this manner.
If you see a clown acting in this manner in Portsmouth, call Portsmouth police at (740) 353-4101