‘Lurking Clown’ Arrested in Kentucky Woods

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By Emily Zanotti | 12:34 pm, September 24, 2016
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Police in Middlesboro, Kentucky have arrested a “lurking clown” that they say was crouching in the woods near an apartment complex in a full mask and costume.

The police department had received multiple complaints about the clown from several areas within the city, and were finally able locate and capture the masked menace Friday night.



Jonathan Martin, 20, has now been charged with disorderly conduct and “wearing a mask in a public place” according to local media. The Bell County Detention Center released his mugshot this morning, while Martin was still dressed in his “killer clown” costume which can be purchased online for $39.99.


Martin’s is the latest arrest that’s come out of “Clownpocalypse,” a string of “creepy clown” sightings that has kept the southern United States on edge.

Last week, rumors on Facebook of clowns targeting local elementary students put two Alabama schools on lockdown, and resulted in three arrests over online postings. Clowns have been reported as terrorizing kids in Georgia, and a rash of clown appearances in North Carolina have police claiming they will arrest and charge any clowns on sight.

Martin’s arrest is the first instance of clown-related terror in Kentucky, but authorities in and around Middlesboro are warning residents that they won’t tolerate any more clown-related nonsense.