ROSEVILLE (WWJ) – A pair of “creepy clowns” are being held on $10,000 cash bonds after being charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly chasing after and terrorizing two girls.
The incident happened around 9 p.m. Thursday in the 18000 block of Minnesota Street in Roseville, near 13 Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue.
Police Chief James Berlin said two 14-year-old girls were walking down the street when a car drove up and two “morons” dressed head-to-toe in “full clown regalia” jumped out of the vehicle. The clowns then chased after the girls, screaming at them.
Thinking they were about to be attacked, the girls ran for two blocks until they got to the police station. Berlin said the girls were hysterical, but able to give a description of the clowns.
Officers scanned the neighborhood and quickly “observed two idiots dressed as clowns.” As officers approached, the clowns attempted to flee and a foot chase ensued, according to police.
After a short chase, both clowns were apprehended and placed under arrest. Police say the suspects — Elandra Sledge and Jaime Salis, both 18 — “stated they thought it was funny to terrorize unsuspecting pedestrians.”
“I call them both morons and idiots. This is not funny,” Berlin told WWJ’s Charlie Langton. “These two young girls were terrorized. They were in hysterics when they got here. That is not funny.”
Sledge and Salis were arraigned in Roseville’s 39th District Court Friday morning on a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.
Judge Catherine Steenland called the teens’ behavior “outrageous”
Bond was set at $10,000 for both, who requested court appointed attorneys. They are due back in court for a pre-trial conference on October 20.