14-year-old charged for ‘Creepy Clown’ scare in Linden
LINDEN — A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in connection to a "creepy clown" threat made online last fall.
Linden Police said a three-month investigation led to the boy, who they said posted a picture of clown sitting on a swing with the caption "I’m taking and killing teachers and kids just like I did this morning September 30 following that girl."
The boy was released to his parents, according to police, pending a court date. His identity was not disclosed because of his age.
The "creepy clown" threat was one of many made threatening violent acts at schools across New Jersey last October. Other cases involved sightings of people dressed as scary looking clowns near schools.
Arrests were made in some of the cases Two teens were arrested in Ocean County for allegedly making online threats that turned out to be false. An 11-year-old girl in Lower Township faced juvenile charges of making a terroristic threat and harassment after she allegedly sent two threats via text with a clown face attached to another 11-year-old girl.
In one case a woman was chased on several North Jersey roads by a pickup truck that included two people wearing clown masks.
The threats also led some districts and towns to ban clown costumes during the Halloween season.
“We work very hard to ensure our schools remain a safe environment for our children, and we take any threat to them very seriously," Commander of the Linden Police Juvenile Bureau Det./Lt. Airan Fernandez said. He praised the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and the Union County High Tech Crime Unit for their assistance during the investigation.
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.
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