The disturbing trend of clown-related violence appears to have spread to Mexico, after a 15-year-old boy wearing clown makeup and wielding an axe was arrested in Baja California.
Police were called to the scene after residents of the city of Mexicali complained of being intimidated by the teenager, according to 24 Horas.
The boy was reportedly laughing uproarously as he walked down the street. A number of witnesses claimed he had threatened both adults and children.
Earlier, in Ciudad Juarez, part of the state of Chihuahua, a 15-year-old girl was reportedly left vomiting on the floor after a person dressed as a clown approached her house.
The girl's mother claim an individual wearing clown makeup stopped just outside her house. Although her son and husband chased the individual away, her daughter collapsed on the floor and vomited when she was revived.
The 'Clownpocalypse' began in South Carolina during the summer and spread rapidly into neighbouring states such as Georgia and Tennessee, with dozens of individuals dressing up as clowns to scare their local populations and post threats on social media.
The trend has also prompted condemnation from the professional clown community. Indeed Randy Christen, of the World Clown Association, recently told talkRADIO the pranksters were pathetic and should stop immediately.