Juveniles report sightings of clowns with weapons in Monroe

Eric Sucar
A man on large stilts visits with patrons at the annual St. Ambrose Parish Carnival held at the St. Ambrose Church in Old Bridge on July 16. The annual event included rides, food and games for all ages.

MONROE – Just hours after the South River Police reported complaints of clowns popping up in their borough, Monroe police reported a suspicious incident in a residential housing development over the weekend.

A group of juveniles reported they were approached on three separate occasions by four subjects wearing clown attire off of Route 33 around 6 p.m. on Oct. 2, according to a statement provided by the Monroe Township Police Department.

The juveniles described the first clown as wearing a yellow jumpsuit, red hair, and a creepy clown Halloween mask with jagged teeth holding what was described as a black semi-automatic handgun, police said.

The second clown was described as having red hair, white face paint, oversized red clown shoes and holding a knife, according to police.

The last two clowns, both described as wearing white face paint, where seen in a gray two-door Honda Civic, bearing New York or Pennsylvania registration ending with the letters SY or ZY. The juveniles reported the passenger was brandishing a machete, according to the statement.

Anyone with information should call the Monroe Township Police Detective Bureau at 732-521-0222.

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