The video was shared on October 2 by Chase Prior, a university student from Ohio. In a post that has since gone viral, Prior calls his run-in with a jumpsuit-wearing children’s entertainer “a rather traumatising experience”.
He says he was on a run with a friend when the pair spotted the clown on a footbridge.
“Patrick and I were out here running and I swear to f***ing God man, we just saw a clown, up over this suspension bridge, and I’m sort of freaking out about it.”
He returns for a second look and asks: “What the f*** are you doing man — it’s 7.30 in the morning, have you heard about all this? People are freaking out about this.”
He then notices the clown has what looks like a knife.
“Patrick, he has a knife,” he says, before the pair flee, filming their getaway as the clown chases.
It’s content that could’ve been produced by an amateur filmmaker and, it turns out, Prior is just that. He’s also a photographer and a communications student.
If his video is a hoax, it’s a good one. But it’s one of many. Clown sightings have been reported across the country since August 24 when the following note was delivered to residents in Greenville, South Carolina.