Fellow New Yorkers, the time has come: the scary clowns have officially blown into our fair city with the October winds. Police say a 16-year-old boy was terrorized and chased by a clown on the subway at 96th street yesterday, at around 4 PM. The suspect, presumed to be a man, was wearing a clown mask, and blocking one of the exits of the subway car--preventing people from leaving.
As the teen made his way around, the clown chased him out; when the teen turned back after running up the stairs, he saw the clown was holding a KITCHEN KNIFE.
The NYPD are searching for the suspect, who could face "menace charges" if caught. This incident, of course, comes in the midst of the Great Clown Plague of 2016, where--since the summer--people dressed like clowns have terrorized children and adults from Alabama to the Northeast.
We're tracking it but we don't see any real threat here. We have tried to avoid falling into the trap of putting extra police protection or presence in places where we've had these. Our main message is don't believe the hype and don't be afraid of the clowns.