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Friday, October 22, 2021

News in Brief: Police investigate West Village clown sighting

VENOOS MOSHAYEDI / AGGIE FILE
VENOOS MOSHAYEDI / AGGIE FILE

Clown potentially armed with knife spotted on Sunday evening

On Sunday evening, UC Davis Police searched West Village after receiving a report of a person dressed as a clown potentially wielding a knife.

“Subject seen wearing clown costume in area of West Village,” read a text message sent to the UC Davis community via WarnMe at around 8:40 p.m.. “Subject possibly armed with a knife. UC Davis police searching the area. If seen call 911.”

According to UC Davis Interim Police Chief Jennifer Garcia, four people saw the clown at around 7:40 p.m.. The police were unable to find the clown after searching the area.

This possible clown sighting comes after a series of incidents involving clowns throughout the country.

“While no one was harmed, with the recent activity across the nation, particularly on college campuses, this behavior is concerning,” read an e-mail from West Village to its residents. “The UC Davis police department responded to the calls and remained on site through the evening to monitor our community. They will continue with an increased police presence at West Village for the next few days.”

West Village asked its residents to report any clown sightings to the police, and requested that its residents not wear clown costumes to the upcoming West Village Halloween party on Oct. 28.

“The police are taking this matter very seriously,” the West Village e-mail said. “This is not considered a prank and any person caught in this matter will be held accountable.”

Written by: Alyssa Vandenberg  — campus@theaggie.org

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