Rogue Valley residents asked to call police if they encounter “scary clown”

Medford, Ore. — Police agencies across the country are fielding calls of clowns behaving badly, and it appears Southern Oregon may not be immune.

“It’s honestly scary to know that there’s those kinds of people just walking around in the middle of the night,” Viviana Villa tells NBC5 News.

Viviana Villa was cutting through Chestnut Avenue in Medford Sunday night, when something stopped her in her tracks.

“Half of it was red, and then the other half was yellow, and the sleeves were different colors,” Villa says.

A clown, that she says laughed, and then headed in her direction.

“He chased me about to the post right there,” Villa says.

Villa didn’t call police, but that’s exactly what Medford Police say you should do.

“We don’t really know what their motive is,” Lt. Kerry Curtis says.

The department hasn’t received any complaints about clowns yet. But says, if they’re seen it’s best to call police rather than taking the situation into your own hands.

“The best thing for you to do is to call us,” Lt. Curtis says, “let us investigate, let us figure out what is happening before we jump to conclusions about the clowns.”

Viviana is hoping the scary clown trend fades away. Until then, she says won’t be making any more late night soda runs.

“Cause no one really knows if they’re joking or kidding at this point.”

Oregon State Police were called to Merlin Monday night for a report of a clown walking on I-5, but when they responded, no clown was found.

Police say if a clown is threatening you or harassing you, there may be cause for criminal charges.

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