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Clown, person in bear suit sought in Midlands suspicious persons case

Published: Sep. 6, 2016 at 8:10 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 7, 2016 at 2:38 PM EDT
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(Source: Lexington Police Department)
(Source: Lexington Police Department)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - It appears coulrophobia is now spreading to the Midlands. That's the fear of clowns if you don't have a dictionary nearby.

Anyway, the Lexington Police Department says they are now seeking two people -- one dressed as a clown and one dressed in a bear suit -- that were allegedly spotted by kids at Park North Apartments.

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According to police, however, there remain several inconsistencies between the kids who were questioned in this case. One said they saw a man dressed as a clown get out of a car to talk to several kids. Another said the alleged clown never left his car.

According to the incident report, the woman who called police told them she and her kids did not see the clown, but reported what other kids in the neighborhood told them. The incident report says another child's mother knew about the incident but did not call police.

A 9-year-old told her mother the clown was "a male who got out of the vehicle and asked her and other children to get into the vehicle." The same child also told police "there was also bear (sic) in the back seat but then said it was a woman wearing a bear costume in the front seat and a child that had been tied up in the back seat."

Regardless of the inconsistencies, Lexington Police investigators are taking this case seriously.

The alleged clown sighting is coming on the heels of several similar sightings of clowns in the Upstate. Deputies in Greenville County said the clowns were initially seen in wooded areas, where they reportedly tried to encourage children to join them.

No arrests have been made in those cases.

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