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Man wearing clown outfit arrested for chasing teen out of subway: NYPD

UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan – Police arrested a man last seen wearing clown clothes for allegedly chasing a teen out of a subway station with a knife.

Thomas Smith, 53, of Hamilton Heights, was charged with menacing in the incident, police said.

"Menacing is no laughing matter," NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce tweeted.

A 16-year-old boy was trying to get off the No. 6 train at the E. 96th Street subway station at about 1:55. p.m. on October 5 when he saw a man – donning a black fedora, blue and red vest with striped shirt and dress pants – standing on the platform and blocking his path, according to the NYPD.

The two made physical contact as the teen got off the train and stepped on the platform.

As the teen was walking, he turned around and saw the man, this time holding a knife, approaching him, police said. The panicked teen started running toward the station's exit.

He ran into the street as the knife-wielding man followed behind and then ran away to unknown parts.

Surveillance video caught the culprit entering the subway station before the incident.