AMSTERDAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Reports of scary clowns has taken over social media, and the most recent Capital Region spotting took place in Amsterdam.
Several middle school boys said they were chased by a clown on different streets. The police department received four complaints on Wednesday meaning children either saw one or was chased by one at four different times at four different locations.
Yahir Feliziano said he was chased by the clown. He said he was scared for his life.
“He looked like he would’ve hurt me,” he said.
Feliziano said the unexpected encounter occurred around 2:30 p.m. while he walked home from Lynch Middle School.
“I told my friend to look behind us, and there was a clown, like, walking behind us, and we started running, and then he just started coming after us,” he explained.
That was the first reported incident. The next one happened at 8 p.m. at 60 Division St. Forty minutes later, a report came from Storrie Street. The last one came at 9:49 p.m. on Division Street.
Whether all four incidents are related or the same person is still being investigated.
“Our last description was a red mask in someone’s backyard, and again, it wasn’t a full-fledged clown suit,” Amsterdam Patrol Sgt. Carl Rust said. “The other ones seemed to be different.”
Another young boy said he saw a clown head pop up in a wooded area when he was playing soccer near his school.
“Creepy,” Anthony Cordero said. “Creepy. Really creepy.”
Police said they increased patrol in the surrounding areas due to the reported incidents.
“We have a resource officer available after school watching children, but we have upped our patrol,” Rust said.
No arrests have been made, but police said they are taking the complaints very seriously.
If anyone has come across a clown or has seen any strange activity, they are asked to reach out to police.