Shoot first, ask questions later!
Footage of the ‘traumatising’ moment two men are chased by a clown with a knife has emerged after one of the terrified victims posted it online. Chase Prior claims he and friend Patrick Williams were out for an early morning run in Newark, Ohio, when they saw a man dressed as a clown nearby.
The video comes after a spate of reports of clown attacks in the state, though some have been revealed to be fake.
In the footage, the pair stop running and film as they go looking for him, and then confront him asking ‘What the f*** are you doing man? It’s 7.30am in the morning, have you heard about all this s***? People are freaking out about this.’
The clown turns back toward them from halfway across a footbridge and runs at the pair, who turn and scream.
The Mr Prior says: ‘Yo Patrick, he has a knife.’
The footage then shows Mr Williams running from the scene and the ground beneath, in a style that throws back to the Blair Witch project.
Mr Prior, a photographer, posted the video on Facebook with the comment: ‘Well, this morning I had a rather traumatising experience.
‘I woke up early to go running with Patrick Williams and we parked by the YMCA to hit the bike path leading toward 21st Street and eventually out toward Evans. Ironically, my friend Zane and I had just been discussing supposed sightings of clowns around the 21st Street / 16 intersection.
‘We had no idea this would happen when we started our run. The video is NSFW (not safe for work) due to my language, which I apologise for but I was more than a little shook up.
‘Keep an eye out of this guy or someone like him around the area because this was absolutely terrifying, joke or not. We didn’t stick around to find out.’
According to reports in Ohio, there have been several clown attacks in recent days, with one man saying he was chased by two people dressed as clowns.
A report filed by one woman was found to be fake, however, when she confessed she had only said she was chased because she was late for work and did not want to lose her job.
Several people have commented on Mr Prior’s post to say the video is fake, but others have taken it seriously and remind people to be safe.