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Arrests made in connection with creepy clown threats

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Wallingford police began their school patrols Wednesday morning following clown threats. (WFSB photo) Wallingford police began their school patrols Wednesday morning following clown threats. (WFSB photo)
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A terrifying trend of clown-related school threats continued to be a concern on Wednesday.

Police in Connecticut have arrested at least five people in these threats.

The latest arrest in the clown threats was in Prospect. Students at Long River Middle School informed the administration about threats posted on Instagram involving clowns on Tuesday night. 

Police said the threats made "no specific threat of violence was made towards any student or schools," however, the posts identified schools in Prospect, Beacon Falls, Waterbury and New Haven.

Investigators determined that the posts were made by a 13-year-old student from Region 16 School District. The boy, who is from Beacon Falls, was charge with disorderly conduct and will appear in Waterbury Juvenile Court on Oct. 20. 

The Ansonia Police Department arrested a 16-year-old girl on Wednesday morning in connection with a threat involving clowns made against Emmett O’Brien Technical High School. 

Around 9 a.m., police said they received a threat indicating clowns were going to come to Emmett O’Brien Technical High School and "shoot people." Police identified the teen, whose name was not released due to her age, and charged her with first-degree threatening as well as second-degree breach of peace. 

Previously, the Ansonia Police Department said they identified two suspects accused of making threats directed at the Ansonia School System.

An Instagram account named "ansonia_clown" posted "hey children, we'll be arriving at Ansonia Middle School tomorrow at approximately 10:30. We will break down the building if you don't let us in. There will be a whole gang of clowns waiting to kill everyone in the school. Have a great day."

The 13-year-old girls were charged with first-degree threatening, second-degree breach of peace and conspiracy to commit first-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace.

The suspects were referred to juvenile court in that case.

"This incident is not related to yesterday’s threatening incident and there is no known connection between today’s suspect and yesterday’s suspects. While there was mention of clowns in the posting there is no evidence or information linking today’s suspect with the ongoing clown sightings and threats," the Ansonia Police Department said in a statement on Wednesday.

Ansonia police said from the start that they didn't believe the threat to be credible.

"The Ansonia Police Department is encouraging all parents to take an active role in monitoring what online sites their children are using and what they are posting online," the Ansonia Police Department said. 

Many of the threats across the state were posted on social media this week.

Police said they are looking into each one very closely. The department in Naugatuck said it arrested two teenagers on Tuesday for threats that referenced schools there.

Both suspects were 14-year-old girls. They were charged with disorderly conduct.

Police said their scares led to more patrols at all 11 of the district's schools.

On Wednesday afternoon, Bristol police had said they were investigating a clown-related school threat made that mentioned Bristol Central High School.

However, police later determined that the threat originated from Florida. Police said they will still increase their presence at the school on Thursday as a precaution.

In Simsbury, a message surfaced about clowns showing up at the high school. While police in that town said the threat wasn't credible, they'll still have a presence at the school on Wednesday. 

Police said the source of the threats were identified and investigators said the juvenile and family were cooperating with police and school officials. 

"The Police Department and Simsbury Public Schools have worked together and will continue to appropriately hold the juvenile accountable," police said on Wednesday. 

Departments around the state said they want to remind people that there are real consequences to these pranks. State police issued a warning to people who post the threats, essentially saying they'll be treated like crimes.

The threats prompted officials in New Haven to hold a news conference on Tuesday to address concerned parents.

As a result, police in many towns such as Wallingford increased their presence at area schools. A post on Instagram prompted the Wallingford School District to let parents know that police would be at Lyman Hall High School, Sheehan High School and surrounding schools on Wednesday.

Investigators said the threat specifically mentioned Lyman Hall and read "better watch out."

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