Police in Kentucky have arrested a man dressed as a clown lurking in a wooded area amid a wave of clown reports in at least six US states. Jonathan Martin, 20, was charged with wearing a mask in a public place and disorderly conduct.
He was found at about 1:00am on Friday in "full clown costume" and mask crouching among trees by an apartment complex in Middlesboro, according to police.
Recent reports of clowns trying to lure children into woods have sparked alarm.
Police have warned individuals against dressing up in clown costumes, adding that it could lead to criminal charges.
"Dressing as a clown and driving, walking or standing in public can create a dangerous situation for you and others," police in nearby Barbourville, Kentucky, said in a statement.
"While dressing up is not, in and of itself against the law, doing so in public and thereby creating an unnecessary sense of alarm is illegal."
Alleged clown encounters have been reported in recent weeks in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky.