The scary clown craze that started in the U.S. this year has found its way up to Alberta.
Airdrie RCMP say they’ve received numerous complaints and calls to 911 over the past few weeks about suspicious people dressed up as clowns.
Elisa Blanchard made one of those calls. She had a frightening experience Saturday night while out with her two kids. While they were walking home they heard a mechanical, menacing clown laugh across the street and at least one of two people wearing a clown mask. She got really nervous when one said , “Lets go get them.”
While it’s not illegal to dress like a clown for fun she says they crossed the line.
“What is illegal is uttering threats. When they said ‘lets go get them’ that’s a threat. We don’t know what they mean, I don’t know what they were carrying, whether they were carrying a sound machine, a knife, a gun. I would have no idea what was in their hands at that moment.”
Blanchard called police and says she was reassured that RCMP are taking the situation seriously.
RCMP say in each reported case someone was seen wearing a clown-life costume or mask, but they don’t believe the incidents are related.
No charges have been laid in any of the cases.
“Although it is not illegal to dress up in any type of costume when done in good fun, it is illegal to harass and intimidate the public,” RCMP said in a news release Tuesday. “Depending on the severity and particulars of the situation, RCMP will be considering Criminal Code charges including mischief, causing a disturbance or uttering threats.”