UC Davis police were patrolling Sunday and Monday in the West Village neighborhood after callers said they saw a person dressed as a clown who was acting suspiciously – and one report indicated that the costumed stranger had a knife.
A campus spokesman said that the sightings were reported between 8 and 9 p.m. on Sunday. Police did not find anyone matching the description.
Law enforcement agencies across the nation have reported menacing behavior in recent weeks by people purporting to be clowns, both online and in real life.
Earlier this month, the Marysville Police Department announced it had arrested a 12-year-old boy on felony charges. Police said the boy, dubbing himself “mozzytheclown,” posted a list of Marysville schools on Instagram and said he would roll dice to decide which one he would visit to “shoot up all the kids and the teachers.”
Before that, a Galt boy was chased home by two people wearing clown masks. That incident came a day after the Elk Grove and Natomas unified school districts sent letters to parents informing them of a “School Hit List” published on Instagram by a user named “Sac.townclowns.”