The mere mention of the word clown can send people into hiding.
A clown with an orange jumpsuit has Waukesha, Wis., under the covers.
Waukesha residents are buzzing about a "clown" spotted around town at night in recent days. #WISN12 at 10. pic.twitter.com/dpGdb1IqS0
— Nick Bohr (@NickBohr) November 24, 2015
It’s not clear what the clown is up to. But for the last week, he has stood on Main Street, looking clownlike but otherwise doing nothing that would constitute illegality, WISN reports.
The TV station reported that police have determined the clown is a developmentally delayed teenager “doing this to see people’s reaction. Both he and his parents were advised several times it would really help us out if he wouldn’t stand out there doing that.”
But now a new wrinkle: copycat clowns.
Police say someone dressed in a Joker mask is also standing on the street doing nothing, but making residents nervous.
“It is odd, strange behavior, but not illegal,” Sgt. Jerry Habanek said.