The great creepy clown panic of 2016 may have hit its crescendo as police in Kentucky have managed to arrest a man allegedly in the midst of frightening an apartment complex.
The incident happened in the city of Middlesboro early Friday morning when cops say they spotted the clown lurking in a wooded area near the homes.
According to the arresting officer, the now-hunted harlequin attempted to escape the scene, but police successfully stopped him and took him into custody.
Upon being unmasked, the clown was revealed to be a 20-year-old man named Jonathan Martin who looks far less menacing without his disguise.
He now faces charges of disorderly conduct and wearing a mask in a public place as well as forever being known as the creepy clown who got caught.
And while Martin is due his day in court, kudos should be given to the courageous cop who found himself forced to chase down a phantom clown and got the job done.
Faced with the same scenario, most of us would have run in the other direction.
Coming at the end of the fourth week of panic sweeping the south, the arrest should dissuade other aspiring creepy clowns from picking up the hobby and hopefully send the haunting harlequins back into our collective unconscious until they return to menace us in the future.
Source: BBC News