Menacing clowns prompt 911 calls, 1 arrest

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Pranksters dressed as clowns, standing in public places holding machetes and baseball bats, have hit the streets of Bakersfield and calls from freaked out residents flooded police phone lines.

Police officers arrested a teenager dressed as a clown on suspicion of annoying a minor after taking the prank too far, KTLA reported. He chased other teens, albeit without a weapon, and left one of them “visibly shaken.”

The teen was allegedly inspired by the “Wasco Clown” named after a character from the San Joaquin Valley town.  The clown is apparently part of a husband and wife art project, photos of which have gone viral on social media.

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