A LaGrange, Ga., man and Valley woman were arrested Wednesday evening after falsely reporting creepy clown sightings in Hogansville, Ga., said Troup County Sheriff Sgt. Stewart Smith.
Brandon Jerome Moody, 26, and his sister-in-law Rebecca Moody, 27, were charged with obstruction and unlawful conduct during a 911 call. They were transported to the Troup County Jail.
Smith said Brandon Moody called 911 around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday claiming to have seen clowns standing outside a white van earlier that day in the 3400 block of Hammett Road.
Deputies responded to the scene at the area and found the van and driver. He told authorities that he had run out of gas and gave them permission to search his vehicle.
“There were no signs of any costumes in or around the vehicle,” Moody said.
Police said they interviewed Moody and he told authorities that he actually saw the van with clowns inside on Tuesday and that same van was parked on Hammett Road the following day. He said he did not see any clowns the day on Wednesday, according to a news release.
Smith said Moody also admitted that he was aware of the numerous Facebook posts regarding reports of creepy clowns in the area as well as the “limited lockdown” at two Troup County schools.
He went on to to say that Rebecca Moody has also made a call to 9-1-1 falsely reporting seeing those same clowns. Authorities listened to a recording that confirmed the accusation, Smith said.
“They just said they were aware of all the stuff going around and even then they felt it was still convenient or funny to make the phone calls,” Smith said.