Many are on heightened alert after the increase creepy clown sightings in Northwest Arkansas and across the country. One local man was questioned by police after buying a clown costume.
People may be more uneasy as the Halloween holiday approaches. It’s being called “creepy clown activity” and it’s up nationwide. The trend is giving police reason to be suspicious of those in clown costumes especially when something seems awry.
“I heard a voice behind me saying why are you buying clown stuff for, and I turn around and it’s a police detective with his badge and gun,” Chuck Meré said
Meré runs the “Zombie Go Boom” Youtube channel . He said he went to Walmart to buy supplies for work and that’s when he was stopped by law enforcement.
“He just acted like we were actually doing something wrong but really we were purchasing items that were for sale at Walmart, you know we weren’t doing anything illegal,” Meré said
According to police, someone can be stopped in a clown costume only if police receive a complaint. Officers will then respond to the call like they would any other.
In this particular instance though, Fayetteville Police said because Meré was buying real knives with the costume it set off red flags. Once Meré explained that the props were for a Youtube channel he was let go.
“He looked at us and said you know I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t ask you for these things and I actually kind of thought it was the opposite because we weren’t doing anything illegal,” Meré said
Police are adamant that anyone who wants to, should feel free to wear a clown costume on Halloween, but if someone calls and complains about it, they’ll respond and act accordingly.