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Manhattan College student reports seeing ‘creepy clown’ near campus

RIVERDALE, the Bronx — A Manhattan College student reported seeing a “creepy clown” near the Bronx campus in the early hours of the morning, officials said.

Manhattan College's public safety office sent out an email to students alerting them of a clown sighting on Oct. 3, 2016. (Manhattan College/Facebook)

Manhattan College’s public safety office sent out an email to students alerting them of a clown sighting on Oct. 3, 2016. (Manhattan College/Facebook)

The school’s public safety office sent an email to Manhattan College students and its community alerting recipients of the sighting by a commuter student around 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 3 near the area of West 238th Street and Greystone Avenue.

This is the first “creepy clown” sighting near the college in the Bronx’s affluent Riverdale neighborhood, officials said.

“In multiple states, people have been reporting seeing clowns standing on the side of roads at night, in parking lots, outside schools and near the woods,” the email said. “Law Enforcement has dubbed these reports as nothing more than pranks meant to scare people.”

The public safety office warned students that people in clown costumes could use their hidden identity as an opportunity to commit crimes. With Halloween approaching, officials say they expect the amount of “creepy clown” sightings to increase.

Sightings have been reported in at least 32 states, including some incidents that involved violence — such as one that happened on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. A 16-year-old boy told the NYPD a clown holding a kitchen knife chased him through the 96th Street subway station at Lexington Avenue.

PIX11 has put together a map, which is updated regularly, that shows the clown sightings reported in the tri-state area.