Reports of clowns in South River considered a ‘prank’


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SOUTH RIVER — The South River Police Department is looking into rumors and social media postings referencing clowns in the borough.

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“We are investigating the circumstances surrounding this situation. At this time, we do not believe this is anything more than a prank and do not believe there is any threat to the South River community. In addition, there have been no confirmed clown sightings within South River,” a statement released by the police department said. “We would like to warn all teens and young adults to not get involved in this fad of dressing as clowns to cause fear and panic. The risk exists that someone may perceive these actions to be a threat and take justice into their own hands.”

Creating a false public alarm, intentional harassment and disturbing the peace can lead to criminal charges, according to police. Individuals caught engaging in such violations are subject to such charges and arrest under New Jersey state laws.

Residents are encouraged to report suspicious activity to the police department by dialing 732-238-1000 for non-emergencies or 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.

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