Two 18-year-old women were arrested Thursday night after they allegedly dressed in clown costumes and scared two teen girls in Roseville, Michigan, according to authorities.
The two women jumped out of a car around 9 p.m. and chased two 14-year-old girls, police said. After the incident, the teens ran to the nearest police station where they were “in hysterics,” according to Roseville Police Department Chief James Berlin.
When officers went to search the area, they “observed two idiots dressed as clowns.” Chief Berlin also referred to the suspects as “morons” in a news release obtained by WZZM in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Police took both women into custody. The suspects allegedly told investigators they thought it was funny to go around terrorizing pedestrians.
According to WJBK in Detroit, the judge called their acts of dressing up as clowns “outrageous,” and set a $10,000 bond for each suspect.
If they fail to post bond on the disorderly conduct misdemeanor, they could each face up to 90 days in jail and/or a $500 fine, WJBK reported.
The incident is the latest in a string of nationwide occurrences involving people dressed as clowns — many which turned out to be pranks or hoaxes — including several in Southern California.
Two arrests were made this week — one in Fontana, the second in Glendora — on suspicion of criminal threats in connection with threatening clown posts and profiles on social media, according to police.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department also issued a warning Tuesday night regarding a new “prank” in Lancaster involving a group of males wearing clown masks who are possibly armed with kitchen knives.