Photo of clown in Cambodia Town, allegedly near 10th Street and Cherry Avenue. Owner of photo unknown.
The wave of creepy clown sightings across the country has now stumbled upon Long Beach. This week, a number of individuals took to social media to share a photo of a clown spotted in Cambodia Town.
Police have not received any reports of crimes involving clowns, according to Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) spokeswoman Nancy Pratt. Still, Pratt urged the public to call 9-1-1 if they witness suspicious activity.
Since some clowns have announced their intention on social media to head west, there have been reports of sightings in Southern California.
Recently, Glendora police arrested a 19-year-old man for allegedly making threats against his former high school on social media accounts dedicated to clowns. Last Wednesday, Lancaster authorities warned people to be aware of three recent incidents in which a group of males wearing clown masks and possibly carrying kitchen knives approached pedestrians in the area.
Some locals have even gone so far as to create a Facebook page dedicated to patrolling the clowns.
Many individuals have linked the clown sightings to the upcoming film remake “It,” based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name and due out next year. However, the studio has denied any connection to the clown sightings, according to Reuters.
King has also dismissed the clown craze.
City News Service contributed to this report.
Hey, guys, time to cool the clown hysteria--most of em are good, cheer up the kiddies, make people laugh.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 3, 2016