Texas clown threats keep police busy, and away from other work

Creepy clowns seen nationwide, like this one in Central California, have led to arrests and criminal investigations. (Photo via NBC Los Angeles)
Creepy clowns seen nationwide, like this one in Central California, have led to arrests and criminal investigations. (Photo via NBC Los Angeles)

MANOR, Texas (KXAN) — Parents are getting a letter after a call claiming a man in a clown mask asked a high school student to get in the man’s truck.

Manor police first received a call about a clown spotted near some mailboxes Monday morning. Later that morning, a high school student called saying she was waiting for a bus when the truck pulled up near Parsons Street and Bastrop Street in Manor. Police checked the areas after both calls, but did not find anything.

The continued threats are continually drawing police into investigations and away from other work.

“We have been stepping up our patrols in the area, especially during the time when kids are getting ready for school or getting home from school,” said Sgt. Craig Struble with the Manor Police Department.

Manor ISD posted a letter Monday and sent a copy home with students Tuesday, according to the district.

“Manor ISD’s transportation department is taking additional precautions during pick up and drop off and will continue to work closely with Manor PD and the Travis County Sherriff’s Office regarding this and future incidents,” wrote Dr. Royce Avery, the superintendent for Manor ISD.

“It’s here where I worry, with the other kids around here because we know all the neighbors,” said Mary Lopez who lives by the reported sighting at Bastrop and Parsons in Manor.

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