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Teen Made 'Crazed Clown' Threats To Poughkeepsie School, Police Say

Reports of scary and crazed clowns have exploded across the country including in Dutchess County.
Reports of scary and crazed clowns have exploded across the country including in Dutchess County. Photo Credit: commons.wikimedia.org

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- A 13-year-old Ulster teen will be charged with making a terroristic threat after posting online threats to Facebook warning Poughkeepsie Middle School students not to come to school on Friday, said City of Poughkeepsie Police Det. Lt. Matt Clark.

On Tuesday, the City of Poughkeepsie Police became aware of a Facebook post from “Kluster the Klown” which stated “If you want to die, come to PMS on Friday."

Poughkeepsie police were able to track down the post on Wednesday to the Ulster teen, Clark added.

" He made the post to prank classmates from his old school," Clark said.

The teen will be charged through the Dutchess County Family Court with making a terroristic threat, he added.

The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department was assisted in this investigation by the New York State Police Troop K Computer Crimes Unit, The City of Poughkeepsie School District and the Dutchess County Attorney’s Office.

The Dutchess Sheriff's Office and the New York State Police have also been receiving complaints about people in clown costumes committing illegal or suspicious acts in numerous places throughout the country, according to Capt. John Watterson, a spokesman with the Dutchess Sheriff's Office.

False reports about so-called "creepy clowns" also are being spread maliciously via social media, Watterson said.

"Over the last few days some have been reported in Dutchess County as well," Watterson said Tuesday afternoon.

New York State Trooper Melissa McMorris said the state police have received three complaints over the past three days in Dutchess County including one on Sunday in Wappinger reporting clowns in the woods, one online threat on Monday in Dover and another in Wappinger on Tuesday with a report of a "crazed clown."

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