Creepy clowns have been placing motorists and pedestrians in a state of terror for over 30 years. However, the current version of the craze is marked by possible violence and peril, requiring police in New York City, New Jersey, and Long Island to respond. After clown scare incidents on the Upper East Side and in Malvern and Lakeview on Long Island, investigators have been looking for attackers. Additionally, police recently arrested two people in North Jersey in connection with clown terrorizing incidents that nearly caused serious car accidents.
In an effort to get away from an SUV filled with passengers dressed in clown attire in North Jersey, one 24-year-old motorist said she pressed hard on her brakes, flung her arms around the passenger seat, and attempted to swerve her motor vehicle. In a phone interview with PIX11 News, the woman reportedly said that she did not wish to reveal her identity out of fear of retaliation.
Two passengers in the SUV following the victim were reportedly leaning out of the vehicle window and threatening the cars that were passing by on the road. When the victim drove past the SUV, her car was the only other vehicle on the road at the time. The SUV then allegedly chased her. The incident occurred at a time when it was dark, round 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 5. Understandably, it was a very frightening situation for the woman, who worried that the passengers in the SUV might have weapons.
The motorist and her friend, who was sitting in the passenger seat, dialed 911 and remained on the phone with police while they were being chased. The pursuit lasted for approximately 18 miles, going from Butler NJ to Fair Lawn NJ. Upon her arrival in Fair Lawn, a patrol officer who had been listening to the police radio was waiting to make an arrest. Officer Luis Vasquez pulled over the SUV, the victim identified the people in the vehicle, and the suspects were placed under arrest.
The driver of the SUV received a citation for reckless driving, while a passenger in the SUV was charged with possession of a dangerous controlled substance (CDS). Two other passengers were allowed to go home, but police seized their clown masks.
In another scary incident, a person wearing a clown mask and holding a knife alleged chased a 14-year-old boy in Lakeview, Long Island. The boy reportedly feared for his life as a result of the attack. If the knife-wielding individual is eventually caught, tried, and found guilty of the crime of menacing, he could be punished with a sentence of up to one year in prison.
In another incident on a No. 6 train at 96th Street in New York, a person wearing a clown costume allegedly pointed a kitchen knife at a teen passenger and prevented other passengers from exiting the train. Such incidents only serve to put people in fear and could easily lead to significant physical injuries.
If you were the victim of a crime in which the perpetrator acted recklessly or negligently and caused you to become injured, call the personal injury attorneys at Proner and Proner.