Georgia police arrested two people Wednesday for calling 911 and allegedly making false claims about clowns trying to lure children into a van.
Brandon Moody, 26, and Rebecca Moody, 27, were arrested and sent to Troup County Jail for obstruction and unlawful conduct during a 911 call.
Brandon Moody called 911 and reported seeing clowns around a white van, a statement he later said he made up, the Troup County Sherriff’s Office said in a news release. He then advised Rebecca Moody to call 911 and make the same report, even though she was not in the area at the time. When officers arrived at the scene, they spoke to the driver of the white van, who said he ran out of gas, and searched his vehicle.
"There were no sign of any costumes in or around the vehicle," police said in a statement.
While Brandon Moody admitted to making false claims Wednesday, he told police he did see clowns inside the same van the previous day, Sept. 13.
Earlier this week, LaGrange Police in Georgia said it had received several calls about clowns “in wooded areas trying to talk to children."
A middle school was under a “soft lock down” the day of the calls because of creepy clown reports, Deb Myers with the Troup County School System told LaGrange Daily News.
Weeks ago, police in North Carolina and South Carolina received similar reports of a clown trying to lure children into the woods. Winston-Salem Police and Greenville County Sheriff’s Department weren't able to locate any suspects.
On Aug. 1, reports of Gags – The Green Bay Clown disturbed Wisconsin residents. Later, the man who set up a Facebook account which fueled conversation about Gags sightings came forward, saying it is all part of an independent horror film coming out around Halloween.