Roswell police asking residents not to dress up as clowns


ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) – Police in a southern New Mexico city are asking residents not to dress up as clowns and carry baseball bats around town amid a national “scary clown” craze.

The Roswell Police Department said they have received several reports this week of clowns with bats walking around in the city. Authorities say it appears to be connected to the recent national news reports of “scary clowns” sighting in various states.

Roswell police say although it is not illegal to dress as a clown and carry a baseball bat, officers are asking “residents to not do such things.”

Police say such moves create fright in neighborhoods.

Authorities in Roswell say police have not located any of the reported clowns. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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