Michigan police arrest two ‘clowns’ terrorizing neighborhood


(WDIV/CNN) — An apparent prank gets two teenagers in a lot of trouble. Authorities in Michigan say the 18-year-olds dressed as clowns and terrorized a neighborhood.

“And I’m sure when they went out last night they thought this was hysterical. But they’re not laughing now,” said Roseville Police Department chief James Berlin.

Jamie Salinis and Elandra Sledge are definitely not laughing after being charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Police say they were dressed like scary clowns when they jumped out a car and chased two 14-year-old girls who ran to the police station in hysterics.

“This is a moronic activity,” said Berlin. “I mean, how stupid do you have to be….one, why is it funny to scare the daylights out of someone?”

Other people also had clown encounters in the four hours Salinis and Sledge were on the loose in the neighborhood.

Arriana Fochet and her mom were pulling into their driveway just before midnight when the clowns charged their car.

“She’s crying hysterically, I’m telling her to call her brother,” the mother said. “I’m fumbling back for the keys. I’m looking for the phone.”

She was also worried about her 15- and 11-year-olds in her house. “And now, I’m in a hard spot because these two characters are coming, charging at us, I have to get her out of this situation. And what do I do with my other two?”

“It’s stupid, but teenagers will be teenagers,” Arriana said.

Maybe so, still Roseville police are throwing the book at these two college girls before something worse happens.

“Someone is going to get hurt or killed because of these actions,” Berlin said.

Bonds for Salinas and Sledge were set at $10,000 cash. They are due to return to court later this month.

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