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Local men take on clown hysteria, APD advises to be cautious

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Vahid and Elrad recently saw a clown in Amarillo. They now plan to look for clowns and ask them to stop scaring the community Vahid and Elrad recently saw a clown in Amarillo. They now plan to look for clowns and ask them to stop scaring the community
Jeb Hilton with the Amarillo Police Department continues to remind the public to stay cautious if you see a clown Jeb Hilton with the Amarillo Police Department continues to remind the public to stay cautious if you see a clown
AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) -

Clowns never seem to bother friends, Elrad and Vahid, until Tuesday night. 

The two, who are only going by their first names, were driving near Overlook and Janet Drive in Amarillo when they looked down a dark alley and saw someone dressed in white with red hair. 

 "Once we looked down the alley, we saw a clown," said Elrad. "So, we took a picture of them and when he saw the flash, he turned around and started coming at us." 

When the clown got closer to them, Elrad says he was holding a crowbar and laughing. The duo quickly drove away. 

With recent clown sightings around the country and some in the Panhandle, they both ask the question, 'why do it?'

"That's totally not cool, you're putting young kids at risk," said Vahid. "I don't know if they're trying to cause any harm, I figure if we can reach out to these guys and figure out why are they doing this." 

So, they went to Facebook and posted their new service called Clown Busters. They plan to drive around Amarillo to find people dressed as clowns, ask them why, and then ask them to stop scaring the community. 

"If we can approach one, without getting hit by a crowbar or something, then we would." 

While their hearts might be in the right place for the Amarillo community, Jeb Hilton with the Amarillo Police Department has concerns about these clown busters. 

"If it's somebody who is carrying a weapon of some sort, trying to scare people like that, I wouldn't suggest anybody go up and confront them," said Hilton. "Call the police, we'd be happy to come out and take care of that."  

The APD wants to reiterate to be cautious if you come across a clown in public. The department is hoping the clown craze will end by Halloween.  

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