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GREENSBORO — A man who spotted a clown near an apartment complex chased that person with a machete, police said today.

The clown was spotted about 10:05 a.m. at the apartment complex The Park at Oak Ridge, at 5856 Old Oak Ridge Road, said Susan Danielsen, police spokeswoman.

A man called 911 to report the clown, and chased the person into the nearby woods with a machete, Danielsen said. Officers responding to the call could not find the clown.

It's unclear if the clown was male or female, Danielsen said. The clown was wearing a mask, yellow dotted shirt, blue pants and had red curly hair. The apartment complex was notified of the incident, she said.

This is the third reported clown sighting within two days in the Triad. In Winston-Salem, two children reported seeing a clown about 8:30 p.m. Sunday in the 1200 block of E. 29th Street, according to Winston-Salem police.That clown is accused of trying to lure the children into the woods with the promise of candy.

Another caller reported seeing a clown on Hope Street in Winston-Salem about midnight.

It's unclear if the clowns are the same person. In the sighting on East 29th Street, the clown was described as wearing white overalls, white gloves and red shoes with bushy red hair, a white face and red nose. No description was provided for the clown on Hope Street, police said.

-The Winston-Salem Journal contributed to this story.

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