A creepy looking clown carrying four black balloons has been spotted wandering the streets of Green Bay, Wisconsin, in the middle of the night, and local police say they can’t do anything to stop it.
Few details about the creepy looking clown are available, but the sightings are freaking people out and prompting calls to local police. The first sighting happened Monday around 2 a.m. and now a mysterious fan page has popped up on Facebook.
The creepy clown, dubbed Gags the Green Bay Clown by his fans, can be seen in grainy photos wearing a dirty looking costume with full face makeup carrying four black balloons; he appears to be in a parking lot underneath an overpass.
The Green Bay police department has been flooded with calls from local residents who are freaked out by the creepy clown, and Capt. Kevin Warych told Inside Edition he’s had just about enough.
“It’s Halloween for this guy. People are going nuts about it.”
Gags has become something of an internet sensation, and people as far away as Ireland and Germany have been talking about him. Coulrophobic people, those with an irrational fear of clowns, and those who are merely curious have filled Gags’ fan page with speculation, Warych told Inside Edition.
“It’s crazy. I can’t believe it’s gone around the country.”
Some people have said he could be a cast member of a horror film, although he seems to be missing a camera crew; others argue it’s an attempt at viral marketing or some other staged event. Gags the clown has also spawned music videos and internet memes, but some people fear for his safety and think it’s only a matter of time until he’s attacked.
One thing is certain: The creepy clown is scaring people.
Green Bay police, however, say they can’t arrest Gags because he hasn’t committed a crime and people are allowed to dress however they want.
The tradition of creepy clowns has a long and somewhat dark tradition. In 2014, Bakersfield residents living two hours north of Los Angeles in Kern County started reporting gun-totting clowns wandering city streets well past midnight.
It appears a local photographer took pictures of her husband dressed as a clown in front of various city buildings as part of a creepy art project, and when she put them online, she unwittingly created a viral sensation.
A fan page titled Wasco Clown popped up on Facebook, and the sensation spread.
Soon after, local residents began imitating the creepy clown they saw online and some people decided to take the stunt a step too far and pulled out guns and machetes to scare people. The local police department was flooded with calls from media across the country and soon the phenomenon started to spread.
Only one person was ever arrested; a 14-year-old boy who chased younger children down the street while wearing a clown costume, Sgt. Joseph Grubbs told the LAWeekly.
“He was chasing kids, trying to frighten them. His purpose was to perpetuate the clown hoax.”
Creepy clowns started popping up in cities across America and sightings were reported in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Jacksonville, Florida; and Fishers, Indiana; although few, if any, committed any kind of crime.
The World Clown Association says creepy clowns are giving real clowns a bad name and association president Randy Christensen told ABC News people should stop dressing up this way.
“People dressed as horror clowns are not ‘real clowns. They are taking something innocent and wholesome and perverting it to create fear in their audience.”
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[Image via Gags – The Green Bay Clown/Facebook]