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Juvenile crimes: Two California teens arrested over clown threats

The nightly news seems to be filled with strange stories regarding threatening clowns in the area. At this point, people in several states have reported spotting clowns in unusual locations, including clowns who were allegedly attempting to lure children into the woods. Unfortunately, these incidents have spread to California, and two teenagers have recently been arrested for juvenile crimes related to alleged threats made on social media.

The first arrest involved a 14-year-old boy in mid-October. Police claim that a person with the screen name "josheytheclown" posted on social media, suggesting that clowns with weapons would be at three area schools. Patrols around the schools increased, and the teenager was arrested.

Days later, police say that a second teenager, a 15-year-old boy, posted a picture of someone in a clown mask with the caption "ready for the shoot out." When someone dismissed the alleged threat as a joke, the original poster reportedly threatened to kill that commenter. While police do not believe that the teenagers were working together, both have been accused of making criminal threats.  

It is unclear how police connected the boys who have since been arrested to the posts. However, both California teenagers and their parents will likely have several important decisions to make in the upcoming days that could have long-term impacts on their lives. Having an attorney with experience with juvenile crimes can help all those involved make the necessary decisions and ensure that they have an advocate dedicated to looking after their best interests.

Source:, "Teen arrested after second clown threat", Mike Eiman, Oct. 21, 2016

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