Teenage girl ID’d as ‘scary clown’ threatening Twin Cities

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    An official annoucement from the Hopskins Police Department leading to an arrest of "Kroacky Klown" persona. (Hopskins Police Department/TNS) Hopskins Police Department

Tribune News Service
Published: 10/5/2016 10:15:47 PM

MINNEAPOLIS — A 15-year-old girl seized on the national “scary clown” craze and posted on Facebook a violent threat to residents of many Twin Cities communities, and police in one of those cities said they have arrested the juvenile.

“Kroacky Klown has been identified and charges will be pursued for their threats,” Hopkins police said in its own notice late Tuesday on Facebook.

Hopkins Police Sgt. Mike Glassberg said his department received information via Facebook that Kroacky Klown posted “Should I come to Hopkins and kill?”

The girl was tracked down and identified as being from Bloomington, Glassberg said. Police were withholding her identity because she is a juvenile.

“The suspect had used her younger sister’s cellphone to create the fictitious Facebook account,” the sergeant said. “The juvenile told police her intent was to scare her boyfriend, but the situation got out of control and went viral.”

Glassberg said that another Kroacky Klown threat on Facebook by the girl read: “If you live in the following Minnesota cities you are in danger: Bloomington, Richfield, Minneapolis, Brooklyn Park, St. Paul, Rochester, Apple Valley, Plymouth or HOPKINS. My clown brothers are in every city listed.”

The Kroacky Klown photo depicted the character behind jail bars with a sinister sneer and a bloody gash over one eye.

In St. Paul, the School District issued a notice on Twitter and Facebook about it receiving “reports of several threatening ‘creepy clown’ messages on social media, as well as sightings of clowns in St. Paul.”

The district added that even though “these situations are believed to be hoaxes,” its security staff is “monitoring reports and will work closely with St. Paul Police to ensure the safety of our students.”

St. Paul Police Sgt. Mike Ernster said Wednesday that his department and school officials are working “to ensure our students have a safe and secure learning environment. ... We have not had any reported sightings.”

Hopkins’ Sgt. Glassberg seized the opportunity to urge parents to “remind their children about the consequences of inappropriate behavior on social media, which may become criminal in nature.”

The Police Department in Hopkins takes these threats seriously, Glassberg continued, “and does not clown around.”

In the south metro suburb of Farmington, the police chief expressed exasperation this week with all the hubbub on the internet and elsewhere about scary clowns.

“I received a call from a very upset parent,” Chief Brian Lindquist began. “He identified his child as the party responsible for Bobo the friendly clown. There was no malicious intent, there was no ill will; it was merely an attempt to scare their best friend.”

Noting that he’s seen “the great benefits and the awful dangers of social media,” Lindquist urged everyone “to take two seconds before you hit the send key. ... We are done with Bobo the Clown. He doesn’t exist. Stay safe and be kind to your neighbors.”

There have been people in Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina and Pennsylvania reporting scary or suspicious encounters with people dressed as clowns.


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