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Police: Clown sightings in Winston-Salem were fabricated

Published: Sep. 9, 2016 at 3:23 PM EDT
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David Wayne Armstrong was arrested Friday morning  and charged with filing a false police...
David Wayne Armstrong was arrested Friday morning  and charged with filing a false police report relating to a clown sighting. (Source: Winston-Salem Police Dept.)

WINSTON-SALEM (WECT) - Police in Winston-Salem say reports of a clown trying to lure children into the woods was false.

Investigators watched surveillance video from the area of the reported clown sightings. No one was seen in the video dressed as a clown or was trying to lure children into the woods during the reported time frame.

"To date, each report of the clown sightings provided to the Winston-Salem Police Department has been thoroughly investigated and the Winston-Salem Police Department has not been able to substantiate any sightings," the police report stated.

Police received a call Sept. 4 that a person in a clown costume was trying to lure children into the woods by offering them treats. Officers received a similar call four hours later from another location.

Authorities responded to both reports but could not locate any clowns.

David Wayne Armstrong was arrested Friday morning  and charged with filing a false police report relating to a clown sighting.

According to police, Armstrong claimed a clown knocked on his window before he chased it into the woods. Police say he later admitted to making it all up.

The Winston-Salem Police Department takes all reports of suspicious persons or behavior seriously and will continue to follow up on any investigative leads that surface. Authorities ask that anyone with information please contact the Police Department at 336-773-7700.

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