Grant Stevens says the state’s police force is bracing for more calls reporting clown sightings as the October 31st celebration of spookiness approaches.
“Anyone who dresses up as a clown with the intention of scaring other people can only be described as a dickhead,” Stevens told FIVEaa radio on Thursday.
“There is enough for us out there to do now, without having to respond to instances where people think that this is funny.”
The commissioner said people dressed as clowns will not receive much sympathy from SA police if those they frighten then retaliate.
“We’ll be looking at taking action against them for their behaviour which has instigated that level of fear that someone feels they have to protect themselves,” he said.
The stern words come after reports a recent spate of creepy clown incidents in the US had spread to Australia.
Among the victims has been a woman who was alone in her car at a McDonalds drive-through in country Victoria on Sunday, when a man dressed as a clown allegedly threatened her with an axe.
A 23-year-old man was arrested over the incident and is expected to be charged by summons with assault, weapons, public order and disguise offences.
In Queensland, a 15-year-old boy, who said he wanted to freak out his sisters, is facing weapon and public nuisance charges after he was allegedly spotted in a clown mask and carrying a knife in suburban Brisbane on Monday night.
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