Police in Southern Kentucky arrested a man in a creepy clown suit lurking near the woods Friday.
The arrest comes amid a wave of reports of suspicious clowns in at least six other U.S. states.
Police in Middlesboro, Ky., charged Jonathan Martin, 20, with disorderly conduct and wearing a mask in public after he was spotted crouched next to a wooded area near an apartment complex wearing “a full clown costume.”
“Upon my stopping when I saw the clown, he started running,” an officer wrote in the arrest report, according to WDRB.
Martin was still wearing the costume in his police mug shot.
Authorities in Greenville, S.C., were among the first to report a clown-related incident in recent weeks. Late last month, some children reported clowns trying to lure them into the woods with money. Sheriff’s deputies found no evidence, however, not even a prankster in a clown suit.
But for whatever reason, since then, people in Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina and Pennsylvania have reported scary or suspicious encounters with people dressed like clowns.
Jonathan Martin arrested after Middlesboro police says he was hiding in ditch line, trying to scare people. pic.twitter.com/l0IaHSTEmQ
— Phil Pendleton (@philtvnews) September 23, 2016