From the Roscoe PD:
This morning at approx. 1:30 a.m., a person reported seeing a white male wearing a white tee shirt, and clown mask holding a butcher knife walking northbound in the grass. The caller gave two different locations when questioned which was Main and Elevator and Main and Hodges Run.
The Roscoe Police Department responded to the area within seconds and did not locate anyone. Today we are following up with the caller and area businesses.
We will send an update when we can confirm or deny the report.
In light of recent national events involving individuals dressed up in clown costumes, the Rochelle Police Department shares the following:
First and foremost, as of this post, we have not received any reports of individuals dressing up as clowns in Rochelle. While it isn’t illegal for a person to dress up as a clown or any other fictitious figure, intentional acts that alarm or hurt the public may result in criminal charges.
Additionally, interpersonal threats made using text messages or social media will be investigated and charges brought as applicable.
Lastly, as always if residents witness suspicious or alarming activity contact the Department at (815) 562-2131 or if its an emergency, call 911.
Thank you for your continued support.