A South Carolina apartment complex is warning parents that a person with a clown costume has been spotted attempting to lure children into the woods.
“I thought my child was seeing things,” resident Donna Arnold told the Greenville ABC affiliate. “And then the next day I had about 30 kids come up to me and say, ‘Did you see the clown in the woods?”
Property management officials in the complex sent out a letter reminding parents to never let their children walk alone near the wooded area by the complex. They have also increased security patrols in the area.
The letter to the Fleetwood Manor Apartments states:
To The Residents of Fleetwood Manor
There has [sic] been several conversation [sic] and a lot of complaints to the office regarding a clown or a person dressed in clown clothing taking children or trying to lure children in the woods. First and foremost at Fleetwood Manor Apartments childrens [sic] safety is a top priority. At no time should a child be alone at night, or walking in the roads or wooded areas at night. Also if a person or persons are seen you are to immediately call the police. Greenville County Police Department is aware of the situation and have been riding [sic] the property daily. Remember there is a 10pm curfew for the property so to ensure your childrens [sic] safety please keep them in the house during night hours and make sure at ALL times children are supervised. Anymore information that becomes regarding this issue will be sent out to all residents.
A local activist said there are about 200-300 children in the area that could be in danger. “I want to make sure that law enforcement is doing the right thing,” Bruce Wilson said.
One parent reported seeing clowns behind the basketball court.