GREENVILLE, SC – A note has been delivered to some Greenville County residents that has them concerned for the safety of their neighborhood.
As reported by Fox Carolina, the letter received reminds residents that children should never play out alone and in the dark. A picture of the actual letter is posted below.
Residents at Fleetwood Manor Apartments on Fleetwood Drive reportedly received letters on Wednesday stating the property management has received complaints of a person dressed as a clown trying to “lure children into the woods.”
The letter, which appears to be printed on Fleetwood Manor Apartments letterhead, reminds the public children should never be alone or walking through the woods at night.
The property management in the letter indicates Greenville County law enforcement is conducting daily patrols of the property due to the reports.
One local woman who filed a report with the sheriff’s office explained that her son had told her he had “seen clowns in the woods whispering and making strange noises.” The women then went out to investigate and “observed several clowns in the woods flashing green laser lights [who] then ran away into the woods.”
Donna and James Arnold, who live in the Fleetwood Manor complex with their two sons also filed a report.
“[Our children] mentioned, ‘Mama, there’s clowns out there in the woods and they’re trying to get us to come out there,’” James Arnold said. “Some had chains, some had knives, and some were holding out money, saying, ‘Come here, we’ve got candy for you,’ but they wouldn’t go.”
A 12-year-old told deputies that two clowns were sighted in the backyard area, one with red hair and another with a white mask and body suit. The juvenile also told deputies that a person was taking photographs of children.
The clown incidents are being actively investigated by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and patrols have been increased in the area to ensure the safety of the public.