Two youths wearing clown masks attempted to scare a pair of joggers in Pennsylvania, only to run away when one of the runners acted like he would attack them.
York City School District Police Chief Mike Muldrow was jogging with his friend Benton Jackson on Wednesday evening when two teens wearing clown masks appeared behind them.
"There were two young guys, 12 or 13 years old. They both had clown masks on," Muldrow told the York Dispatch. "One had a real big stick."
The young clowns ran away after Muldrow said, "Let's do it," and took a swing in their direction, he said.
"I think they probably wanted to see if they could scare us," Muldrow said.
Although their prank didn't work on the police chief, Muldrow warned that nationwide clown sightings could end with bad results if kids aren't careful.
"There's a lot of armed adults," he said. "You could run up on the wrong person."
A clown craze has spread across the U.S. this year, culminating in dozens of reports of scary clown sightings.