Winnipeg, Manitoba – On October 15, 2016 at approximately 8:00 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the 200 block of Antrim Road in Valley Gardens, regarding a suspicious incident.
It was reported that two suspects dressed in clown costumes were chasing people in the area, one of which was possibly armed. Attending members met with multiple people who indicated that they were chased, causing concern for their safety.
Two 17 year old male suspects were located in the area of the 700 block of Kimberley Avenue and taken into custody. It was at this time, officers located clown-like masks and a large flashlight.
Although weapon related charges and mischief were considered, the male suspects were identified and cautioned in relation to their actions and involvement.
While dressing up as a clown in not against the law, police may charge a person criminally if there are grounds to believe he or she committed acts of mischief, or threatened, assaulted or harassed others.
The Winnipeg Police Service takes matters like these very seriously and encourages anyone considering engaging in this type of behaviour, to stop and take a moment to consider the impact it may have on others, including themselves.
Although “creepy clown” sightings appear to be merely pranksters dressing up for the sole purpose of deliberately scaring people, however, should anyone find themselves in a similar situation and concerned for their safety, please call police immediately.
Winnipeg Police Service