'Creepy clown' spotted on Coeur d'Alene trail - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

'Creepy clown' spotted on Coeur d'Alene trail

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

17-year-old Tyler Clinedinst told KHQ he was walking to a friend's house on the Centennial trail between Lake City High School and Bluegrass Park Sunday night when he saw a clown emerge from  behind a tree.

"I heard laughing out of my earbuds, so when I unplugged my earbuds I saw him, and he started chasing me," said Clinedinst. "He had reddish pants on with a red and white shirt and a black mask."

Clinedinst said the clown was also holding knives. He ran to his friend's house, locked the doors, and his friend's mother called police.

"We see a lot of clowns on Facebook and half of them aren't real probably, but yeah, I didn't expect to see one out here," said Clinedinst.

Coeur d'Alene Police confirmed they have received a few calls of people seeing suspicious clowns throughout town. Police say they are aware of what's happening and are keeping an eye out for copycats.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office told KHQ they've had two related calls recently, one of a person in a mask and another of a person in a clown costume. Deputies said in those cases, the clowns were not doing anything illegal. Deputies added they appreciate calls for suspicious activity, but said there appears to be a heightened sense of worry. They warned against anyone dressing up as a clown to cause problems and copycat threatening situations. 

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