I wrote just this past weekend about a “lurking clown” being arrested in Kentucky. Here’s yet another “clown” arrest, but this time in Tennessee. It doesn’t appear that this clown was dressed as a clown or wearing a clown mask at the time of his arrest, but it is curious given all the other clown sightings across the South.
A 64-year-old man claiming to be a clown threatening children in Coffee County has been arrested by Coffee County deputies.
Coffee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lucky Knott told News 2 a man called the Coffee County Communications Center’s non-emergency line and identified himself as “the clown who has been threatening children.”
The man became lewd and told the dispatcher he was going to harm children.
He also allegedly told her that he would kidnap her and children, cut their ears off and conduct other lewd acts.
. . . Deputies then listened to the recordings and one of the officers thought he recognized the voice.
Authorities then went to George Hoppe’s home and obtained the man’s cell phone number and called communications from his phone.
They had the man speak with dispatchers who claimed it was the same voice and laugh they had heard in the previous calls.
Hoppe, a Manchester resident, was arrested and charged with stalking.
A warning was given by the Tennessee Department of Safety and the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) on Saturday. The agencies took to Twitter posting, “Watch for clowns in your area. They could be child predators seeking kids” and “Watch for clowns trying to lure children into the woods. They are possibly predators.”
Several recent clown sightings have left many communities in the Southeast in fear.
It is unclear at this time what specifically led to the warning in Tennessee.
Anyone who spots a suspicious clown is asked to call 911 or *847 for THP. The Tennessee Department of Safety is monitoring this situation.
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