Washington Township, NJ - Washington Township police say they have arrested and charged a 13-year-old with cyber harassment in connection with clown threats targeting students posted online. A second 14-year-old has also been charged with a similar but separate investigation involving cyber harassment, authorities announced.
According to police, they received several complaints throughout the past weekend of people posting online threats targeting several victims. Police say they were copying similar incidents from across the country reporting that "clowns" would be looking to harm others. Investigators say the threats became very specific and identified several victims by name, listing their address, and other personal information.
Police say detectives conducted an interview of a female juvenile suspect who confessed to creating the online threats targeting Washington Township students. Based on the investigation and confession, the female was charged with one count of cyber harassment, which is a fourth degree crime, according to police.
Investigators say the female juvenile suspect is a Washington Township Public School student but no other details will be released due to her age. The female juvenile was released from police custody to her parents.
The Washinton Township Police Department continues to investigate.