3 juveniles in Albuquerque caught with clown masks, handgun

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Posted: Oct 09, 2016 3:27 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say three people dressed as clowns are in custody after being found with a possible firearm.

Police spokesman Simon Drobik says officers were dispatched Sunday to a call about a "clown sighting" near a kids' clothing store.

Authorities located three juveniles donning clown masks.

Drobik says they were also in possession of what appears to be a handgun.

The investigation is ongoing.

It's not clear what charges the three could face.

The incident comes amid a rash of hoaxes and threats of scary clown sightings across the nation.

Police in Alamogordo have identified three boys who allegedly haunted a middle school dressed with a clown mask.

Roswell police have urged residents not to dress up as clowns after reports surfaced of clowns with bats walking around the city.