In a news release from Captain Mike Kirk dated September 7, 2016, the High Point Police Department stated they have investigated "eight reports of suspicious activity involving people dressed as clowns" in High Point, North Carolina, since August 20, 2016. Kirk said some of the reports include information that children were approached or chased by the clowns.
High Point appears to have taken the lead in the number of recent Piedmont Triad clown sightings....
The descriptions of the suspicious persons are limited and vary from call to call, [Captain Mike] Kirk said. Some callers refused to give their names and others were reporting third-party information.
In all but one of the reports, officers were unable to locate any subjects matching the descriptions.
No criminal activity has been discovered while investigating any of these calls, Kirk said.
In the call in which the reported subject was located, officers found that the subject was an employee of a promotional entertainment company wearing a company costume. The subject was pumping gas into a vehicle at a gas station.
The following are the reports High Point police have received:
8/20/2016 – 7:14 p.m. – 3231 N. Centennial St.
8/25/2016 – 8:24 p.m. – 1039 Oakview Road
9/5/2016 – 9:53 p.m. – 1609 Franklin Ave.
9/6/2016 – 8:00 a.m. – Zelma Avenue and Beaucrest Avenue
9/7/2016 – 1216 a.m. – 1516 Birkdale Court
9/7/2016 – 4:46 a.m. – Gordon Street and Cedrow Drive
9/7/2016 – 8:00 a.m. – 1920 McGuinn Drive
9/7/2016 – 9:02 a.m. – 3350 N. Main St. (Subject identified)
As noted earlier, here, High Point, North Carolina, was the location of The Paddler incidents, which changed from a serial paddler to a serial killer of boys. The local law enforcement authorities have a foundation for taking any reports of the possible endangerment of youth quite seriously.