Are you tired of hearing about clowns yet? Well too bad.  We need to report on this incident.

A 16-year-old boy had a less than pleasant experience on his way home a few days ago.  Around 2:00pm (MIDDAY?) on October 5th, a man dressed as a clown was seen at the 96th Street subway station on Lexington Avenue.

According to Gothamist, the boy and the "clown" (we use that term extremely lightly these days...) did make contact as the boy was exiting the platform.

As the young boy was exiting, he noticed the clown was approaching him, holding a knife.

But there is good news.

The accused, Tom Smith, turned himself in and claimed it was all just a "misunderstanding" after a picture of him from security footage was broadcasted. Although Tom Smith didn't say much about the encounter, he did report to the 19th Precinct to straighten things out. 

Smith said this escalated due to the bombardment of "clown fear" that has been taking over the media and that he's not an "actual clown." What the f*ck does that even mean?


Smith was given a ticket, and will soon be assigned a court date for a later time.

Just saying, the subways on Halloween better be jam-packed with cops or Batmans or somebody keeping all the clowns in check– whether they're "real" clowns or just... well, people in clown suits. We really don't understand this. 


Someone please help us.

[via Gothamist] [Feature Image Courtesy Kron4]