FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. - The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is searching for suspects who they say dressed as scary clowns and chased a group of 13-year-olds with a baseball bat.
The incident happened around 9 p.m. Friday night in two separate parks in Fountain Hills: Fountain Park and Golden Eagle Park.
No one was injured in the incident, but deputies highlight the fact that they take incidents like this seriously, especially when it involves a weapon like a bat.
"Which is a deadly weapon," said Doug Matteson, a detective with MCSO. " In this case, assaulting someone, or attempting to assault someone, is a crime and they don’t realize that it possibly can be put in a situation that could involve deadly action."
MCSO said the unidentified suspects are believed to be teens. They were wearing clown masks and dark clothing and were seen leaving the scene in a newer model red Jeep Cherokee.
"First, we want to get awareness out to tell people, enough is enough, it’s a growing thing, let’s knock it off," said Matteson.
The suspects could face misdemeanor and/or disorderly conduct charges.
If you have any information about the incident, you are asked to call MCSO at 602-876-1011.
This is the most recent in a string of clown-related incidents across the Valley.
Mesa, Phoenix and Avondale police departments have all made arrests over clown-related school threats.
Phoenix police also arrested two teens after they were caught on surveillance video robbing local fast food restaurants wearing masks.