LANCASTER – Authorities in Lancaster are warning people to be aware of a new “prank” involving a group of males approaching pedestrians while wearing clown masks and possibly carrying kitchen knives.
“At this time, our station is aware of three individual incidents throughout the city,” said a statement issued by the sheriff’s Lancaster Station.
“In all three incidents, there was nothing taken from the victims and it appears that the group of suspects is only trying to scare the victims,” the statement said.
There have also been reports of “scare tactic” style videos appearing online, the sheriff’s department reported.
“As we approach Halloween, we remind our citizens to stay aware of their surroundings and to call our station at 661-948-8466 should they be a victim of an incident like this,” the statement said.
In case of any emergency, residents were advised to call 911.
An Instagram account titled “wearecomingtocali” appeared to be warning viewers of where clown pranks would be happening next, and included Palmdale in its list of cities. Local authorities have not acknowledged the social media account, and it is unclear if it is associated with the clown pranks happening in Lancaster.