DETROIT - Two women were arrested this week after dressing as clowns and terrorizing two 14-year-old girls Thursday night, according to police.
Roseville Police Officers said Jaime Salinis and Elandra Sledge, both 18, dressed as clowns Thursday and jumped out of a car to chase two 14-year-old girls.
Roseville Police Chief James Berlin called the women "morons" and "idiots" in a news release.
Salinis and Sledge were arraigned on disorderly conduct charges and ordered held in the Macomb County Jail on $10,000 cash or surety bonds by 39th District Court Judge Catherine Steenland in Roseville, police said. Berlin said the two stood mute to the charges. Their next court appearances will be on Oct. 20.
About 9 p.m. Thursday, the two 14-year-olds came to the police department "in hysterics." Officers were able to calm them, and the girls said they were walking in the 18000 block of Minnesota Street when a car stopped and two people dressed as clowns jumped out and started chasing them, Berlin said in a release today entitled "Two Morons Dressed as Clowns Terrorize Teens, are Arrested."
The younger teens fled, thinking they were going to be attacked.
Officers went to the area immediately and saw "two idiots" dressed as clowns, according to Berlin's release. As officers approached them, they tried to flee and a foot chase began. Both women were apprehended and arrested for disorderly conduct.
The suspects were in "what would be considered full clown regalia from head to foot and stated they thought it was funny to terrorize unsuspecting pedestrians," the release stated.
Police said the disorderly charge is a misdemeanor offense, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.
The incident is the latest one in the creepy clown craze taking hold across the country and in metro Detroit.
Several of the incidents have gone beyond creepy to criminal. Early Thursday, a person wearing a mask robbed a hotel in Livonia. Police believe the same individual later wore a pumpkin mask and tried to rob another hotel.
The situation escalated when police began a pursuit with the suspect, who reportedly pulled a gun and tried to shoot officers.
On Tuesday, a person dressed as a clown approached a 7-year-old boy who was playing in Sterling Heights, grabbed the boy's arm and laid what was believed to be a plastic butter knife across it. The knife scratched the boy's arm and the clown ran away, a police spokesman said.
There also have been non-criminal sights of clowns throughout Michigan, with a Facebook page dedicated to the sightings. Many school districts have sent letters home to parents about creepy clown sightings.
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