2016-10-12 / Features

Cops Probe Local Clown Threats


Police are searching for a “Chuckles” wannabe who posted a message on the online forum, Instagram, on October 6, threatening a “clown attack” at two Maspeth schools.

Cops said parents of students at PS 73 and Maspeth High School received the threats, accompanied by a photo of a clown, that read, “Repeat if you want to live. I pray for the people that will die in the clown attack on Friday in these schools – IS 73, Maspeth High. RIP.”

Several parents alerted police, who said an investigation determined the threats were unfounded, a police source said.

“The police searched the schools, questioned a few people and searched Instagram and determined that the threats were bogus,” the source said. “It takes a really heartless clown to threaten a bunch of kids.”

Police and Department of Education officials said the investigation is ongoing.

The threats came just days after a second creep in a clown suit terrified a 30- year-old Astoria Heights man, police said.

Police said Ioanis Markesinis, 30, was in his home near LaGuardia Airport at about 11:30 p.m. on October 3, when he spotted a clown decked out in a red jumpsuit, a red nose, white clown makeup and red hair, smiling and waving into a bedroom window at his home on 19th Avenue near 78th Street.

Markesinis told police the clown was “very weird,” bounding around and staring silently into the bedroom window.

“The guy got even creepier when he pulled a steak knife and started gesturing toward Markesinis to join him outside,” a police source said. “The victim said the clown started giggling, dancing around and laughing in a really creepy voice,” the source said. “He really scared the victim.” The clown ran away when Markesinis pulled down his shades and called 911.

Police arrived at the scene within three minutes and canvassed the area, but were unable to find the creepy stalker.

NYPD officials are urging New Yorkers not to fear creepy clowns that arrived in the city last week. “Don’t believe the hype, and don’t be afraid of the clowns,” said NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Counterrorism, John Miller.

“A lot of people are afraid of clowns to begin with,” Markesinis’s neighbor said. “When they hear about clowns threatening schoolchildren or threatening people with a knife, trying to lure children and stalking people outside their homes, the fear escalates to horror.”

“A lot of people are creeped out by clowns to begin with,” a police source said. “It doesn’t help when they hear about a clown who threatens a bunch of school children, or some bozo who gets up close to a homeowner and threatens him with a knife.”

NYPD officials are probing a series of online threats made by the red-nosed rogues in recent days – including the two local incidents.

“The police are looking into the threats and the people behind the clown makeup,” a police spokesperson said.

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