A scary clown has struck again in Vuoksenniska, this time on the bike path at the end of Retikankuja. Photo by Minna Mäkinen. Courtesy of Uutisvuoksi
Clown Character Shows Up in Vuoksenniska in Broad Daylight, Scares Two Schoolboys
Clown Was Lurking in Bushes on Bike Path Leading to Lakasentie
September 30, 2019
A character wearing a clown mask has struck again in Vuoksenniska. This time the character appeared in broad daylight—on Sunday sometime after one in the afternoon.
The victims of the intimidation were schoolboys out riding their bicycles.
“The boys came home out of breath and told me the clown had been in the bushes. He had come out of the bushes to chase them. He was not able to overtake the boys since they pedaled as quickly away from the spot as they could,” said Tanja Jaatinen, mother of one of the boys.
According to the boys, the clown character was holding a knife.
The incident occurred at the end of Retikankuja on the bike path leading to Lakasenpelto.
The encounter with the clown frightened the second-graders.
“I was freaked out, too,” Jaatinen said.
She immediately reported the incident to emergency services.
“A police patrol has been to the spot,” she said.
The police situation center confirmed their officers had gone to Vuoksenniska, but no one was found at the scene of the incident.
Last Incident Was in Early September
According to Jaatinen, it was especially unfortunate the clown character was scaring little children, who until then had ventured to move around by themselves in the daytime.
The last time a clown struck was in Vuoksenniska on September 3. The target of the intimidation was 17-year-old Imatra resident Samu Kemppi.
Kemppi was biking toward the underpass that runs under Saimaanhovintie in Vuoksenniska when a person dressed in a clown suit jumped from the hillside in front of him.
The site of the September 2019 incident. Image courtesy of Google Maps
Kemppi called emergency services, but when police arrived at the scene they could find no trace of the perpetrator.
The police have been investigating the incident in early September as illegal intimidation.
A person in a clown suit also made headlines in Imatra in October 2017 when they intimidated a young girl in Vuoksenniska. The police then also failed to catch the perpetrator.
Translated by Living in FIN