Boy arrested after stabbing teen in clown mask in Germany

BERLIN (AP) " German police say a teenager's attempt to frighten a group of young people by wearing a clown mask and brandishing a hammer on a Berlin street turned out very badly.

Berlin police said Tuesday that a 14-year-old responded by pulling a knife and stabbing the clown, only to find that the clown was a 16-year-old acquaintance.

He rendered first aid until emergency medical help could arrive Monday.

The older teen was taken to a hospital. The 14-year-old was released to his parents.

Another clown incident was reported by Austrian police, the APA news agency reported. Police said a 19-year-old was injured after being chased by two people dressed as clowns who jumped from bushes in the town of Schwaz. A third clown joined the chase and attacked the man with a baseball bat.

News media in Europe and America have reported a rash of sightings " some confirmed, some not " of people dressed as clowns and acting in a disturbing manner.

The U.S. Halloween observance, which involves scary costumes and has become more popular in Europe, is Monday, Oct.

31.

Berlin police warned that scaring another person, especially with threats of violence, can constitute a criminal offense resulting in a hefty fine and compensation claims from the victims.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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