Boy injured, 2 women frightened by clowns in separate Sterling Heights incidents

Clown put knife on boy's arm, police say

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – Sterling Heights police reported two separate incidents Tuesday involving men dressed as clowns scaring or attacking residents.

A boy was injured Tuesday evening by a man dressed as a clown in the Sterling Estates mobile home park, police said.

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Police said the clown placed a butter knife on the boy's arm. It's unclear if the clown purposely cut the boy or if the boy was cut when he moved away from the knife.

"He had red hair and a red nose and a mask on," Justin said. "He grabbed my wrist and then he used the other hand to, he dragged the knife on my arm slowly."

The incident happened around 7 p.m., police said.

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Sterling Heights detectives are investigating at the scene. Tracking dogs are out and detectives are on the street searching for the man. Police said clown sightings are no longer amusing.

Justin's mother called police. Shortly after she called 911, about two miles away, another 911 call came in from two women.

The women reported that three men dressed as clowns scared them with baseball bats. The women said the clowns lunged at them, so they took off.

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