National retailer Target is pulling some clown masks off its store shelves and website due to reports of creepy clown sightings and incidents across the country.
“Given the current environment, we have made the decision to remove a variety of clown masks from our assortment, both in stores and online,” Joshua Thomas, spokesman for Target, said Monday in a statement.
Target’s decision follows a growing number of reports on social media and to police of people wearing creepy or scary looking clown costumes.
Since August, police around the country have received reports of clowns being spotted in wooded areas, attempting to lure children, or making threats or aggressive acts. Some of the reports have been determined to be hoaxes.
The first reports came out of South Carolina and have since spread to several states, as well as New York City.
Last week, police said a man was arrested for chasing a teen through the 96th Street-Lexington Avenue subway station while wearing a clown costume and holding a knife. Thomas Smith, 53, of Manhattan, was charged with menacing, police said.
(With amNY.com staff)