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Arrest Made in “Clown” Sighting Hoax


Lexington, SC (September 20, 2016) – The Lexington Police Department has made an arrest on charges stemming from multiple false reports and 911 calls in regards to suspicious clown sightings.

Between September 8-11, 2016 Ashley Nicole Cross, 22 of Lexington, made 3 separate 911 calls in regards to suspicious “clown sightings” at Lauren Ridge Apartments located at 500 Carlen Avenue. Through follow-up investigation it was determined that Cross did in fact fabricate these 911 calls and “clown” sightings.

Ashley Nicole Cross turned herself in at approximately 9pm on September 19th and was booked into the Lexington County Detention Center on 1 count each of Unlawful Use of 911 and Providing False Information to Law Enforcement. She has since made bond and been released.

The Lexington Police Department takes all reports of suspicious persons or behavior seriously and will continue to follow up on any investigative leads that surface. Authorities ask that anyone with information please contact the Police Department at 803-359-6260.

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